SpaceX launches first all-civilian crew on Inspiration4 mission, know the ticket price
By Sanjay Maurya
- Onboard a SpaceX rocket ship, the first all-civilian crew bound for orbit pushed off from the US state of Florida.
- At 8:02 p.m., a massive blaze filled the sky as the rocket’s nine engines began to pull away from Earth (0002 GMT Thursday).
- The total ticket price for all four seats has been estimated at $200 million by Time magazine.
Onboard a SpaceX rocket ship, the first all-civilian crew bound for orbit pushed off from the US state of Florida, ushering in a new era in space tourism.
A first journey to orbit the globe with an all-civilian crew was launched Wednesday night from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying four space tourists. At 8:02 p.m., a massive blaze filled the sky as the rocket’s nine engines began to pull away from Earth (0002 GMT Thursday).
The Capsule decoupled from the rocket sends stage around 12 minutes later as the passengers reached orbit, while the reusable first stage returned to Earth for a vertical landing on a sea barge. “Some have gone before, and many more are about to,” Jared Isaacman, the 38-year-old billionaire who bought the trip, said.
Isaacman, 38, and his crewmates Sean Proctor, 51, Hayley Arsinaux, 29, and Chris Sambrowski, 42 were strapped into the pressurized cabin of their gleaming white SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, named Resilience, according to a SpaceX Livestream of the launch. Flight outfit in dark colors with a helmet. The capsule was installed in the skies of Florida atop one of the company’s reusable two-stage Falcon 9 rockets, receiving thumbs up.
The spaceship’s route will carry it 357 miles (575 kilometers) into space, which is further than the International Space Station (ISS). The four-person crew, all of whom are Americans, will land on the Florida coast after spending three days traveling around the world. For the journey, Isaacman paid an undisclosed fee to fellow billionaire Musk. The total ticket price for all four seats has been estimated at $200 million according to reports.
Isaacman, a commercial and military pilot, will serve as the mission’s “commander,” while Proctor, a geoscientist and former NASA astronaut candidate, will serve as the mission’s “pilot.” Mission “specialist” Sembroski, a US Air Force veteran and aerospace data engineer, and “chief medical officer” Arceneaux, a bone cancer survivor turned St. Jude physician assistant, round out the crew.
Altitude fitness, centrifuge (G-force), microgravity and simulator training, emergency drills, classroom work, and medical checks have all taken place over five months for the four crewmates.
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