Tuesday, November 30, 2021

SpaceX Launches Its First All-Civilian Crew To Space, And The View Is Incredible

History was made today when the first all-civilian spaceflight launched from Launch Complex 39A at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The purpose of this flight was to raise awareness and funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and to inspire people around the world.

Powered by SpaceX and sponsored by Jared Isaacman and Shift4Payments, this flight demonstrates how fast access to space is growing.

The mission began at 08:02 local time (0002 UTC) as the Crew Dragon spacecraft blasted off the launch pad atop the SpaceX Falcon 9. The rocket lifted off without any problems and soared into the night sky, rapidly gaining altitude towards orbit.

During the next few minutes, SpaceX’s mission controllers watched in anticipation and waited for updates. They were joined by people from all over the world watching several live streams of the event.

This mission represents several milestones. In addition to being the first all-civilian spaceflight, it is also the first free-flight Crew Dragon mission and the first crewed orbital mission that will not dock with a space station since the last Hubble mission (STS-125) in 2009.

For an expected mission duration of about three days, the crew is targeting an orbit of about 575 km, longer than any human since Hubble.

The crew for the mission included Jared Isaacson, mission beneficiary, CEO of Shift 4 Payments, and the mission’s commander. He was joined by Dr. Sean Proctor, professor of geosciences, science communicator, and analog astronaut who piloted the spacecraft.

Hayley Arsinaux, a physician assistant (PA) at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, was mission medic, while aeronautical engineer and retired USAF officer Chris Sambrowski served as mission specialist.

Together, they represent the mission ideals of leadership, prosperity, hope and generosity, respectively. Thanks to their commitment and participation, funds raised by this mission will fund lifesaving research carried out at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

St. Jude specializes in pediatrics and cancer research and is also the crew member Arsinox received treatment for bone cancer as a child and now works as a PA.

As Isaacman said just before launch:

“Our crew bears the responsibility and importance of this mission as we prepare to detonate. We are well prepared for the challenges we face over the next three days and to share our experience with the world. Looking forward as we continue to attract attention. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® Here on Earth.”

The first stage separated into the mission at 2m 45s, followed by the second stage igniting its Merlin engine. At 5 minutes, the first and second stages began to pick up light from the Sun, producing a “jellyfish effect” in the night sky.

This was accompanied by the firing of the first stage to reorient its cold gas thrusters for re-entry, which produced a glowing effect in the sky. It all came together to create a stunning visual display of dazzling light in the night sky.

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At 7m 30s, the first stage reigns to re-ignite its engines and by 9m 40s, this SpaceX drone ship landed in a sea of ​​Just Follow the Instructables. 10 minutes after launch, the second stage reached 200 km above sea level and prepared to deploy the Dragon spacecraft.

At 12:15 in the mission, Resilience separated and slowly moved away from the second stage, officially putting the crew of Inspiration 4 into orbit!

Cabin cameras showed the four crew members strapped to their seats and in high spirits throughout the flight, with Isaacson and Dr. Proctor headed to Resilience’s flight terminals. After Crew Dragon separated from the spacecraft’s second stage, Dr. Proctor and Sambroski were seen punching each other, and during the flight, Dr. Proctor thumbed the camera several times.

Universe Today’s Max Evans was at the scene to capture the launch (images posted above and below). As he said of the incident:

“What a spectacle..The press site at KSC hasn’t been alive for quite some time. The atmosphere was electric, and cheers erupted from the crowd when the 9 Merlin engines ignited. As the Falcon 9 and Resilience jumped off LC. -39A, Everyone here knew they were flying in the history books. And everyone here was feeling excited to be a part of it. What a time to be alive.”

About 15 minutes after launch, Resilience’s crew nose cone was opened, revealing the cupola attached to the spacecraft (instead of the docking adapter).

The primary objective of this mission is to raise awareness and funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, specializing in pediatrics and cancer research. The live stream alone managed to raise US$300,000 in donations to children’s cancer research.

However, Richard C., president and CEO of American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC) – a fundraising and awareness organization for St. According to Shadack Jr., this was only the tip of the iceberg.

as he said:

“We are grateful to Jared for his incredible leadership as commander of the historic mission and for his work helping to raise $200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The importance of Inspiration 4 cannot be overstated. The mission ushered in a new era of civilian space travel and gives hope to children.

“About 400,000 children worldwide are diagnosed with cancer each year. Treating catastrophic diseases in children is a multi-trillion dollar, multi-year problem and public support – through initiatives like Inspire 4 – is essential to us. Makes it possible to raise significant funds to help save children everywhere.”

For information on how you can contribute, visit the Inspiration4 website. And be sure to catch the replays shown above and below!

This article was originally published by Universe Today. Read the original article.


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