In Florida On the coast, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A, the SpaceX team is preparing historic Historical Inspiration 4 missions for lifting. It will be the first public, all-civilian spacecraft in orbit. Four crew members – Jared Isaacman, Sean Proctor, Chris Sembrowski and Hailey Arsenaux – have undergone intensive training for the day, although none of them are professional astronauts. Of SpaceX Crew Dragon The craft had previously taken NASA astronauts to the International Space Station, but everyone on the flight is traveling as a guest on Isaacman, the billionaire CEO of Shift4 Payments, who paid for four seats and took part in a series of competitions to select other passengers. (You can read more about the selection process and mission here.)
The Inspiration4 crew has a five-hour launch window that opens east at 8:02 a.m. Wednesday night. If the weather cooperates and all systems continue, the team will explode their Falcon 9 rocket and launch their space capsule into orbit after more than eight minutes. They will fly about six times more than Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos earlier this summer and will be in orbit for about three days.
Early Saturday evening, Dragon The spacecraft will land on Earth and crash into one of several possible landing sites off the Florida coast, where a SpaceX team will wait for them, ready to take new astronauts to shore.
How to see
The launch’s SpaceX webcast will go live on Wednesday, September 15, at 4 p.m., about four hours before the launch window opens. SpaceX’s preview coverage will include features of the crew and their lead-up activities. You can stream it below or on the SpaceX website.
The weather forecast has recently improved from 100 percent to 90 percent favorable, so it is likely to launch tonight. But if tonight’s effort is to shake them off, they will try again tomorrow. Their backup five-hour launch window begins at 8:05 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16.
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