September 22, 2021

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Inspiration 4: SpaceX sends the first space tourists into space on September 15th

The crew during training in zero gravity. (Image: Inspiration4 / John Kraus)

Falcon-9 and Crew Dragon are ready. Four civilians are expected to be launched into space on September 15. The crew chief is billionaire Jared Isaacman, who also pays for all three other seats. Elon Musk will not be there.

The private mission of billionaire and skilled aviation pilot Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of the payment provider “Shift4 Payments”. After sponsoring the other three seats, Isaacman was able not only to name the mission, but also to make sure that the people he deemed suitable would be included on the flight. It appears to have specifically selected people who have useful skills or experience in space travel but have had to apply through a competition.

Most of the participants have experience of space travel

With Hayley Arceneaux, he takes a medical assistant on board. Chris Sembroski works for the aerospace company Lockheed Martin and has performed simulations of space shuttle missions. Geoscientist Dr. Sian Proctor, whose father was involved in the Apollo mission.

The mission is called “Inspiration 4” and is managed by NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center in the US state of Florida. The mission commander is Isaacman, the mission pilot is Dr. Sian Proctor, Hayley Arceneaux will be on board as a medical officer, and Chris Sembroski as a mission specialist.

The regular start of the mission is scheduled for 15 September 2021 from 14:00 Central European Time. In case of difficulty, the fixed alternative date is September 16th from the same time. However, specific times may vary up to three days before the date.

The crew members are on Thursday at SpaceX headquarters in California, where they will complete a three-day astronaut training course. Unlike the excursions by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Virgin billionaire Richard Branson, the Inspiration 4 crew excursion will not be about just a few minutes into space. Rather, the Crew Dragon is expected to stay in space for three days.

Will space tourists become recognized astronauts?

This may be enough to give you the much coveted To enter recognition as an astronaut along with the corresponding wing patch. This is not clear, however, because – unlike before the departure of Bezos and Branson – it is no longer enough to cross the threshold of space, which, according to the prevailing opinion, begins at an altitude of 100 kilometers. The US Air Force Authority FAA had obviously changed the rules in good time before the two billionaires’ excursions so as not to have to grant them the coveted astronaut wings.