SpaceX – one of the biggest achievements of Elon Musk, a tech enthusiast and an innovator of our generation is currently in discussion with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) regarding several Commercial space journeys. NASA, USA along with Elon Musk’s SpaceX are set to launch 4 astronauts in its first space mission – ‘Inspiration4’ on the Falcon 9 rocket in April 2021. The Inspiration4 crew will receive commercial astronaut training by SpaceX on the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and the Dragon space vehicle. Things like orbital mechanics, experiencing microgravity, zero-gravity, and other types of stress testing are being done with the help of the SpaceX team.
This came as an announcement on February 1, 2021, where SpaceX is mailing to launch the first-ever ‘all civilian mission’ into the Earth’s orbit. The crew team comprises of Entrepreneur Jared Isaacman – who will be joined by 3 other novice astronauts for a multi-day journey into space. This is considered to be SpaceX’s first such civilian flight.
The company shared that Isaacman is donating 3 other seats alongside him to individuals from the general crowd. Other details regarding this shall soon be announced. One such seat shall go to a worker from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which treats childhood cancer and pediatric diseases. The second is to be drawn from those who enter the raffle and believe in donating to the hospital. Third would be picked by a panel of judges for entrepreneurs who use the CMM tool for this purpose, managed by ‘Shift4Payments’ – an Isaacman’s company.
As part of the mission, the details have suggested that the astronauts will orbit the earth every 90 minutes. The mission will lift off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. After the mission, the spacecraft will do a water landing by deploying parachutes off the Florida coast. As per the mission commissioning details, this crew will be part of the entire crew rotation process. NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan Mcarthur will serve as the spacecraft commander and pilot, respectively. While Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut – Akihiko Hoshide and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut – Thomas Pesquet will join as the mission specialists for this record journey. This is currently being managed by Crew-2. Crew-1 is set to enter the earth’s orbit by the end of April or early May. After that, Crew-2 would be ready for their journey.
Few of the recent winning feats by SpaceX.
Earlier in Mid-November 2020, four astronauts had been successfully carried into the earth’s orbit and then to the international space station by the SpaceX Dragon Capsule. About a week back the Dragon capsule became the first spacecraft to be certified by NASA since the last Space Shuttle that got such an approval was dated 40 years back. This capsule can be launched from a reusable SpaceX Falcon9 rocket.
SpaceX also shared 2 of its upcoming missions for NASA.
NASA shared that it had tried earlier to make space travel affordable and safe for the general public, but things did not look that well. Hence, they have been keen to work with SpaceX and Boeing plans.
Written By:- Shruti Rathore
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