With 80% of favorable weather conditions, the weather seems to contribute its part in the face of the planned launch starting at 8:00 p.m. this Wednesday (00:00 GMT on Thursday, September 16) of the Falcon 9 rocket, on which the capsule will be mounted. Dragon, both from the private firm SpaceX, the company founded by Elon Musk and responsible for this three-day mission and in which NASA will be a mere spectator, reports the EFE Agency .
A businessman, an engineer, a medical assistant and a science educator will go aboard the capsule, which, on its orbital journey, will reach a height of almost 575 kilometers, higher than the International Space Station (ISS) and the space telescope. Hubble.
At a speed of about 28,160 kilometers per hour, the capsule will circle the planet every 90 minutes, in what is a journey of greater scope than those recently made by millionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos. On board the ships of their respective private space companies, both made suborbital travel at a speed three times the speed of sound that allowed them to experience weightlessness for a few minutes.
Who are the passengers of this space trip
In Inspiration4, the only billionaire is Commander Jared Isaacman, 38, founder and president of the firm Shift4 Payments, lover of aviation and who financed the space voyage of the other three crew members, at a cost that has not been given. to know.
With him will travel Hayley Arceneaux, 29, a cancer survivor and physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, who will be the youngest person to fly into orbital space. Also attending are university professor Sian Proctor and aerospace engineer and Air Force veteran Chris Sembroski.
All of them civilians who have received training for a few months at SpaceX’s base in Hawthorne, California, which included maneuvers in zero gravity and practices with the gravitational forces they will experience in space. Civilians have been prepared for emergencies, spacecraft and space suit entry and exit exercises, as well as partial and full mission simulations.
The mission has a charitable component, as it will raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, a campaign started by Isaacman himself with a donation of $ 100 million and which he hopes to double with other contributions.