SpaceX Inspiration4 Launch Today: How To Track Historic Space Flight Online
SpaceX successfully launched its Inspiration4 mission into orbit on Wednesday. With this, Elon Musk’s company has taken several milestones.
At Launch Complex 39 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets launched the Crew Dragon “Resilience” capsule into space. Inspiration4 crew members aboard the spacecraft include Commander Jared Isaacman, Pilot Sian Proctor, Mission Specialist Chris Sembroski, and Medical Officer Hayley Arceneaux.
The Insipration4 mission is a multi-day space trip, paid for by Isaacman, to raise $ 200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
SpaceX Inspiration4 launch: full video of the first fully civilian crew flight
SpaceX’s official YouTube account streamed the launch of Inspiration4 live on its channel. The video began four hours before launch time at 8:02 p.m. EDT. The video featured highlights such as crew training, flight preparation and boarding. The video also included messages and reactions from each crew member. The launch sequence began at the four o’clock marker.
It should be noted that none of the Inspiration4 crew members are professional astronauts. Isaacman was the full-time CEO of Shift4 Payments; Arceneaux is a hospital worker and bone cancer survivor; Proctor is professor of geology and science communicator; and Sembroski is a data engineer.
All crew members received six months of commercial astronaut training for their space mission. Their accomplishments as amateur astronauts marked a historic spaceflight mission for SpaceX. According to CNBC, some of the milestones they have accomplished are:
- First entirely non-professional crew to become an astronaut
- First black female space flight pilot
- Youngest American Citizen to Fly in Space
- SpaceX’s first private space flight
SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell described the mission as “paving the way for a future where space is more accessible to all who wish to go,” according to CNBC.
Space flight now recently tweeted that the SpaceX Crew Dragon had reached orbit of 585 km, a new Dragon altitude record. This adds yet another point to their long list of accomplishments.
SpaceX says two post-launch phasing burns by Crew Dragon’s Draco thrusters placed the capsule in a 363 mile (585 km) circular orbit, a new Dragon altitude record.
The Inspiration4 mission is expected to return to Earth around 7:00 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT) on Saturday.
– Spaceflight now (@SpaceflightNow) September 16, 2021
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SpaceX Launch: Inspiration4 Live Tracker
Inspiration4 is slated for a three-day drift around Earth’s orbit. The Inspiration4 crew are expected to return to Earth by Saturday at 7:00 p.m. EDT, via a water landing off the coast of Florida.
With their current size, Inspiration4 crew members will conduct experiments to expand human knowledge of the universe. The Crew Dragon carried equipment dedicated to research and experimentation in microgravity. They also hope to overcome obstacles to traditional space research.
Fans interested in the development of Inspiration4 could follow their progress with two online trackers.
First up is the official Inspiration4 news webpage. Space mission researchers and related personnel are constantly updating this page with crew blog posts, press releases, and updates.
Another source is the SpaceX Twitter page. SpaceX is releasing many real-time updates on the Inspiration4 mission. Within minutes of launch, the webpage has already tweeted a “View from the Dome of the Dragon”. This is the glass dome window, recently attached to the Dragon capsule in place of an opening hatch.
View from the Dragon Dome pic.twitter.com/Z2qwKZR2lK
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 16, 2021
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