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SpaceX / Inspiration4 Crew Dragon mission

 

Awareness and fundraising for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

 

Date:  Q4, 2021

Time: TBA

Pad: LC-39A

Booster: TBA

Spacecraft: C207 "Resilience" (Crew-1)

Recovery: ASDS

 

https://www.spacex.com/updates/inspiration-4-mission/index.html

 

https://www.inspiration4.com/

 

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Join The First All-Civilian Mission To Space

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Inspiration4 is the world’s first all-civilian mission to space. The mission will be commanded by Jared Isaacman, the 37-year-old founder and Chief Executive Officer of Shift4 Payments and an accomplished pilot and adventurer. Named in recognition of the four-person crew that will raise awareness and funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, this milestone represents a new era for human spaceflight and exploration.
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The first mission for the new Crew Dragon observation cupola will be Inspiration4, the charity mission for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. The cupola is only used when the docking port isn't required.

 

Inspiration4 has announced its final 2 crew members, and one of them is Lockheed-Martin's Machine Fault Detection & Diagnostics Lead Christopher Sembroski. 

 

http://www.parabolicarc.com/2021/03/30/final-crew-members-named-for-private-inspiration4-crew-dragon-orbital-mission/

 

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This first all-civilian orbital space flight

Raising money for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, which specializes in childhood cancers. Netflix will stream coverage of the flight.

 

Crew members will also be doing medical research for SpaceX, the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine and investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine

 

Crew Dragon Resilience will have an observation cupola installed in the docking port.

 

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Date: September 15, 2021

Time: TBA

Pad: KSC LC-39A 

Crew Dragon: C207 Resilience

Launch mass: 12,519 kg (27,600 lb)

Booster: B1062.3

Booster recovery:  ASDS A Shortfall of Gravitas

Duration: 3 days

Altitude: 540km (higher than ISS)

 

Crew;

 

Commander: Jared Isaacman (CEO of Shift4, jet pilot - shares a record for circumnavigating Earth in a light jet (fundraiser for Make-a-Wish).

 

Pilot: Dr. Sian Proctor (geology professor, Civil Air Patrol, NASA HI-SEAS mission)

 

Chief Medical Officer: Hayley Arceneaux, PA at St. Jude's 

 

Mission specialist: Christopher Sembroski (Lockheed-Martin engineer)

 

 

 

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Flight Readiness Review passed

Date: Sept. 15
Window: 0000 - 2400 Eastern

Backup date: Sept. 16
Window: 0000 - 2400 Eastern

Sounds like the loopy Florida weather will set T-0

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Inspiration4 flies today, weather permitting.

 

Flying to 575 km, higher than the ISS, and the largest single-piece window ever flown (Crew Dragon's Cupola)

 

If you look closely at the Crew Dragon pad image you'll see a circle + 4 logo on Crew Dragon's left engine fairing, which looks similar to Marvel's Fantastic Four logo

 

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WATCH LIVE: INSPIRATION 4 MISSION

 

SpaceX is targeting a five-hour launch window on Wednesday, September 15, opening at 8:02 p.m. EDT (Thursday, September 16 at 00:02 UTC) for launch of the Inspiration4 mission – the world’s first all-civilian human spaceflight to orbit – aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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You can watch the live launch webcast starting about 4 hours and 15 minutes before liftoff. 

 

 

 

 

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So, SpaceX could end up flying more private space missions than NASA astronaut crew rotations. No wonder  they're building a fleet of Crew Dragons.

 

https://spacenews.com/commercial-spaceflight-industry-sees-inspiration4-as-a-pathfinder-but-not-a-model/

 

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Commercial spaceflight industry sees Inspiration4 as a pathfinder but not a model

 

KIHEI, Hawaii — SpaceX’s first fully commercial Crew Dragon mission is being closely watched by both NASA and other companies in the commercial human spaceflight sector, who see it as a pathfinder for future missions but not necessity a model for them.

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SpaceX has announced contracts with Axiom Space for a series of missions to and from the International Space Station as well as with Space Adventures for a Crew Dragon mission that, like Inspiration4, goes into orbit but does not dock with the ISS.

 

“We have a growing backlog of commercial astronaut missions that we’re looking forward to performing,” Reed said at the Inspiration4 briefing. [...]

 

“We’re gearing up to fly three, four, five, six times a year, at least,” he said later of the potential Crew Dragon flight rate. “There’s nothing that really limits our capability to launch. It’s about having rockets and Dragons ready to go.”

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Dragon has separated from the Trunk, performed a deorbit burn, and closed the nose cone.

 

Nearing re-entry, now over the Southeast Pacific heading for splashdown off the Atlantic coast of Florida. 

 

Radio blackout in a few minutes.

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That's a view that'll sell a lot of civilian missions. Imagine the  Space Adventures flight view: over 1,300 km up instead of just 585 km.

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