SpaceX’s first space tourism mission is ready for launch
SpaceX’s first purely civilian mission, Inspiration4, has passed its readiness exam, with flight ready to begin within the next two weeks.
With the review complete, the rocket, ground systems and crew are now ready for launch on Wednesday, September 15. The launch window is expected to open at 12:00 UTC, with the rocket lifting off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy. Space Center in Florida. If there are any problems with the weather, there will be another opportunity to launch the following day, Thursday September 16th.
“The SpaceX and Inspiration4 teams met yesterday at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., to assess the readiness of the Falcon 9 rocket, Dragon spacecraft, ground systems, recovery assets, training crews and other key components of SpaceX’s manned spaceflight system for Inspiration4 – the historic first all-civilian human spaceflight mission to orbit,” SpaceX wrote in a statement. declaration. “At the end of the flight readiness review, the teams move into a targeted launch.”
SpaceX also said the Inspiration4 crew spent the past six months training for the mission, including spending time in centrifuge training and zero-gravity training to acclimate their bodies to the forces. they will experience as well as spending time in simulations of the Dragon Spacecraft to learn its operations.
#Inspiration4 and @SpaceX completed our flight readiness exam and stay on track for launch! Learn more about launch details and potential timeline here: https://t.co/Wj7hSWDOXZ pic.twitter.com/X8L9ZKk8Wl
— Inspiration4 (@inspiration4x) September 3, 2021
In orbit, the crew won’t just be watching, although they have a great view through the Dragon’s glass domed window. They will also conduct human health research through a series of experiments.
“The Inspiration4 crew looks forward to using our mission to help create a brighter future for those who launch in the years and decades to come,” noted Jared Isaacman, Inspiration4 mission commander. “In all of human history, less than 600 humans have reached space. We are proud that our flight will help influence all who travel after us, and we look forward to seeing how this mission will help shape the start of a new era for space exploration.
If you’re intrigued by the idea of this mission, you can watch with the crew preparing for launch as well as subsequent coverage after they return. Netflix is showing a documentary about the mission titled Countdown: Inspiration4 Space Mission premiering on Monday, September 6.