A new milestone for SpaceX and Elon Musk: is already the first company to take civilians into space. The launch of the Inspiration4 mission has already occurred and everything has been as planned by the aerospace company.
The launch took place at 8:02 PM EDT; that is, the 2:02 Spanish peninsular time Thursday and 19:02 Mexico City time. Four people are on the SpaceX spacecraft for the Inspiration4 mission. Jared isaacman, founder and CEO of the payment company Shift4; Chris Sembroski, Lockheed Martin employee and United States Air Force veteran; the scientific Sian Proctor and Hayley arcenaux, St. Jude Physician Assistant and childhood bone cancer survivor.
Over the next three days, the four members of the SpaceX mission will circle the Earth every 90 minutes. After these days, the Inspiration4 mission will descend and land in the water, off the coast of Florida.
The other milestones of SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission
In addition to being SpaceX the first private company to take astronauts to the International Space Station and the first to take civilians into space; now one of the civilians also marks two milestones. And is that Arcenaux has been the American most young man in traveling to space and the first person with a prosthesis to take such a trip. The young woman suffered cancer and because they had to remove a piece of her femur, hence the prosthesis.
Arcenaux was the youngest American to travel to space and the first person with a prosthesis to make this type of trip
To learn more about the harsh training that the four civilians have undergone to fly with SapceX, Netflix has released a documentary series of five chapters of 45 minutes each; although at the moment only the first four are available. The latest episode of Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space will premiere on September 30.
This mission is very different from what we have seen from Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic in recent months; since the astronauts will spend several days in space. While the rest of aerospace companies focus on other types of travel; SpaceX and Musk take, for the moment, the bulk of the capital invested by NASA. Sight is set for the short term on the Artemis missions; but the big cake will be the trips to Mars. For now, SpaceX is the big favorite, as the Inspiration4 launch reminds us.