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SpaceX announces first “All civilian” space mission

SpaceX announced that it will put 4 individuals into orbit around Earth for the first time SpaceX announced that it will put 4 individuals into orbit around Earth for the first time

The SpaceX Company gave major news this week when Elon Musk announced that his company will put 4 individuals into orbit around Earth for the first time. The news is big because none of these 4 individuals have previous astronaut-related experience. Later in 2021, they will travel across the world in a Dragon crew capsule. It will start at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida from Launch Complex 39A. It is believed that the voyage lasts from 2-4 days respectively.

When NBC News asked the CEO and founder of SpaceX, Mr. Elon Musk about the mission, he said, “When you’ve got a brand new mode of transportation, you have to have pioneered.” He also stated that the tech billionaire, Jared Isaacman, who is a CEO of Shift4 Payments, owns and pilots one of the Migfighter vintage planes and has about 600 hours of flights under his belt. Isaacman has bought three more seats on the mission. He gave two mission seats to St. Jude. The first seat is designated for the ambassador of St Jude with direct connections to the mission, while the other seat is dedicated to a former patient of St Jude, now a health worker at the frontline. 

A competition is arranged for those who donate to a fundraiser for St. Jude, which will result in a reward to gain the fourth and final seat. Anyone can apply from the public. While Isaacman told reporters at a teleconference on Monday that the team members may begin their training in 30 days, it is not known when the winners will be determined. 

The contractor behind a start-up payments processing company Jared Isaacman supports the journey of a multibillion-dollar to space on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, which may be the first-ever orbital mission crew of non-astronauts altogether. In commemoration of the "four crew mission," the mission is known as “Inspiration4” which aims to generate money to support a $200 million sales to St. Judas children's research hospital, while Jared Isaacman will give $100 million from his pocket. The mission will not only help in research work regarding space but will also help generate a suitable amount of income for the little ones. Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, previously interested in joining SpaceX, told reporters that he will not be taking part in Inspiration4.

It’s important to note here that the time of the flight or where it will go in orbit is not precisely clear. On Monday, Musk said to Isaacman, "We'll take you wherever you want to go." When asked whether Jared Isaacman could operate the spaceship, Elon Musk playfully stated that he could take it anywhere he liked, but added that the craft is controlled remotely from SpaceX.

The crew is being trained by SpaceX to launch a Falcon 9 rocket before the mission is underway. The crew will be trained enough to know how to react in an emergency or how to handle it. They’ll learn both the mechanics as well as the aircraft of the mission. The crew members that are picked must be fit for training both mentally and physically. According to the regulations, they must weigh less than 250 pounds with a height less than 6’6” respectively. They’ll go under SpaceX simulation. Since they don’t have any prior experience of spaceflights, it will be a tremendous achievement for them and the human race. It will also be a welcome invitation to the locals for some space travel.

Isaacman mentions that Inspiration4 is a living dream and a move towards a future in which anyone may explore the stars. I respect this enormous task and I want to take advantage of that historic time to motivate mankind and help combat children's cancer. This multi-day trip circles the earth on a personalized fly route every 90 minutes. After the mission is complete, Dragon is going to re-enter Earth's atmosphere to land off Florida's coast as per the SpaceX Company.

Musk says NASA was briefed and supported on the Inspiration4 mission. Elon Musk intends to offer up space trips and a living experience for the people once in a lifetime with this mission. He aims to bring the stars of all status to the public over time.

 

References:

https://www.space.com/spacex-nasa-crew-3-astronaut-launch-date

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/space/os-bz-nasa-spacex-crew-3-target-launch-20210615-ma5aygkxrrd2nhekdwnis6zski-story.html

https://spacecoastdaily.com/2021/06/nasa-announces-spacex-crew-3-mission-scheduled-for-sunday-october-31/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceX_Crew-3

https://www.space.com/spacex-crew-3-astronaut-launch-delayed-october-31

https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2021/05/SpaceX_Crew-3_2021

https://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew/2021/06/14/nasa-spacex-update-crew-launch-and-return-dates/

 

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