Continue reading...SpaceX is set for a historic launch Wednesday night for the first all-private orbital flight aboard the company’s Crew Dragon.
The mission is a collaboration between SpaceX and billionaire software entrepreneur Jared Isaacman, who purchased the seats on Crew Dragon to raise awareness and funding for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The fee for the flight was not disclosed.
The citizen astronauts selected for Inspiration4 are Haley Arceneaux, who was treated at St. Jude and now works at the hospital; Isaacman; geologist Sian Proctor; and Chris Sembroski, an Air Force veteran who served in Iraq.
The crew will spend nearly three days in orbit, conducting experiments and appearing on livestream events. The crew is expected to return to Earth around 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 18th.
Inspiration4 will take off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The five-hour launch window is scheduled to open at 8:03 p.m. ET.
Check out the livestream below.
Launch Date: September 15/16
Launch Window: 8:02 PM EDT (5 hour window begins)
Launch site: LC-39A, Cape Canaveral, Florida
Booster Recovery: ASDS - JRTI
Booster Type: B1062-3
Dragon: Crew Dragon C207-2 Resilience
Mass: Crew Dragon: 26,450 lbs.
Orbit: LEO - 540 km
Dragon Return - September 18
Crew for Inspiration 4:
Commander: Jared Isaacman
Mission Specialist: Christopher Sembroski
Medical Officer: Hayley Arceneaux
Science Specialist: Sian Proctor
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on the first all-private, all-civilian orbital mission, known as Inspiration4. The mission is organized to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The mission will go to an orbit with an apogee of about 540 km and last about three days. The docking adapter of Crew Dragon Resilience will be replaced by an extra dome window.