SpaceX announced First All-Civilian Mission to Space

The SpaceX of Elon Musk has recently announced to launch its first all civilian mission to the space.

Highlights

  • The SpaceX is planning for the launch of Inspiration4 on Falcon 9.
  • This would be the first all-commercial astronaut mission in the world.
  • The spacecraft will start orbiting in the fourth quarter of this year.
  • The mission will be launched from the Launch Complex 39A at the NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

About the mission

  • The mission has been named as Inspiration4.
  • The name recognises the four-person crew’s mission that inspire the support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • It also seeks to send a humanitarian message of possibility.
  • Jude’s multi-billion-dollar expansion aims to accelerate the research advancements and save children worldwide.
  • The commercial astronaut training will be provided to the Inspiration4 crew on the Falcon 9 launch vehicle by the SpaceX.
  • They will also be provided training on Dragon spacecraft by the orbital mechanics, zero gravity, operating in microgravity and other stress testing.
  • This mission will orbit the Earth every 90 minutes along a customized flight path.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX)

It is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services. SpaceX is headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk. It was founded with the objective of reducing the space transportation costs in order to enable the colonization of Mars. It has developed several launch vehicles, Dragon cargo spacecraft and Starlink satellite constellation. It has also flown humans to the International Space Station on the SpaceX Dragon 2.

SpaceX Dragon

It is also known as Dragon 1 or Cargo Dragon. It is a reusable cargo spacecraft developed by SpaceX. The Dragon 1 spacecraft was launched into orbit by the Falcon 9 launch vehicle so as to resupply the International Space Station (ISS).

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