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Falcon 9 Block 5

SpaceX

Launch Status
Success

Crew

Jared Isaacman

Jared Isaacman

Status: Active
2/11/1983 -
Nationality: American
Type: Private
First Flight: 9/16/2021
Last Flight: 9/16/2021

Jared Isaacman is an American businessman and pilot. He is the co-founder and CEO of Harbortouch, a payment processor and manufacturer of payment-processing hardware.

Hayley Arceneaux

Hayley Arceneaux

Status: Active
12/4/1991 -
Nationality: American
Type: Private
First Flight: 9/16/2021
Last Flight: 9/16/2021

Hayley Arceneaux is a St. Jude Children's Research Hospital employee, bone cancer survivor and private astronaut who is now a physician assistant.

Sian Proctor

Sian Proctor

Status: Active
3/28/1970 -
Nationality: American
Type: Private
First Flight: 9/16/2021
Last Flight: 9/16/2021

Sian Proctor is an American explorer, scientist, STEM communicator, and aspiring astronaut. She is a geology, sustainability and planetary science professor at South Mountain Community College. Proctor was the education outreach officer for the first Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) Mission.

Chris Sembroski

Chris Sembroski

Status: Active
8/28/1979 -
Nationality: American
Type: Private
First Flight: 9/16/2021
Last Flight: 9/16/2021

Chris Sembroski is an aerospace worker at Lockheed Martin who used to work on Minuteman missiles in the Air Force.

Birth date is unknown.

Mission

Inspiration4

Type: Human Exploration
Launch Cost: $52,000,000

Inspiration4 is the world’s first all-commercial astronaut mission to orbit. Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, is donating the three seats alongside him aboard Dragon to individuals from the general public – Medical Officer Hayley Arceneaux, a physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and pediatric cancer survivor; Mission Specialist Chris Sembroski, an Air Force veteran and aerospace data engineer; and Mission Pilot Dr. Sian Proctor, a geoscientist, entrepreneur, and trained pilot.
The Inspiration4 crew received commercial astronaut training by SpaceX on the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft, orbital mechanics, operating in microgravity, zero gravity, and other forms of stress testing. They will go through emergency preparedness training, spacesuit and spacecraft ingress and egress exercises, as well as partial and full mission simulations.
The Crew Dragon spacecraft will remain in a 575 km high orbit for three days before reentering Earth’s atmosphere for a soft water landing off the coast of Florida. During their multi-day journey in orbit, the Inspiration4 crew will conduct scientific research designed to advance human health on Earth and during future long-duration spaceflights. For this mission, Crew Dragon is configured to feature an observation dome in place of docking port to provide views to the crew.

Mission patch for Inspiration4

Location

Launch Complex 39A

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

211 rockets have launched from Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA.

Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Rocket

Falcon 9 Block 5 – SpaceX

Family: Falcon
Length: 70 m
Diameter: 3.65 m
Launch Mass: 549 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 22800 kg

The Falcon 9 Block 5 was manufactured by SpaceX with the first launch on 2018-05-11. Falcon 9 Block 5 has 131 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 131 launches. Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The Block 5 variant is the fifth major interval aimed at improving upon the ability for rapid reusability.

Core Landing

B1062 sucessfully landed on ASDS JRTI after its third flight.

Just Read the Instructions – JRTI

First (Marmac 300) and third (Marmac 303) ASDS barge, Just Read the Instructions (JRTI) is currently used to recover Falcon 9 and Heavy boosters in the Altantic Ocean.

Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship – ASDS

An autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) is an ocean-going vessel derived from a deck barge, outfitted with station-keeping engines and a large landing platform. Construction of such ships was commissioned by aerospace company SpaceX to allow for recovery of rocket first-stages at sea for high-velocity missions which do not carry enough fuel to return to the launch site after lofting spacecraft onto an orbital trajectory.

Agency

SpaceX

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: SpX
Administration: CEO: Elon Musk
Founded: 2002
Launchers: Falcon
Spacecraft: Dragon
Country: USA

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

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Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
1 year ago

The Falcon 9 is a reliable spacecraft for a mission such as this .Space flight for the general public is now the new normal.
Enjoy all.

steven greaves
steven greaves
Reply to  Ken & Judy O'Neill
1 year ago

So the general public can afford to pay for a seat?

Jeff Sloan
Jeff Sloan
Reply to  steven greaves
1 year ago

Give it time, eventually it will be the price of a ticket on a cruiseship, maybe even less.

Joe
Joe
Reply to  Jeff Sloan
1 year ago

Show your math.

Vanquished
Vanquished
Reply to  Jeff Sloan
1 year ago

Not unless a cruise ship ticket becomes 10 million bucks.

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
Reply to  steven greaves
1 year ago

Private enterprise and market forces will reduce costs in time.
As the story goes “build it and they will come”.

Aaron Gosnell
Aaron Gosnell
1 year ago

Let’s light this Candle,Spacex.We are go for the first all civilian crew in History.

Aaron Gosnell
Aaron Gosnell
1 year ago

I hope for a successful mission.

Tim
Tim
1 year ago

What part of Florida area will this be visible?

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
Admin
Reply to  Tim
1 year ago

If the weather is good it should be visible from most of Florida and best viewed from central and north Florida.

Daniel W Bowman
Daniel W Bowman
1 year ago

Will people along the east coast be able to see the flame from ship

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
Admin
Reply to  Daniel W Bowman
1 year ago

The launch should be visible from central and north Florida.

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
1 year ago

Great launch and milestone in space history.
575 Km in Orbit a first for a civilian crew great work SpaceX and the folks at NASA .
The astronaut legends legacy at NASA continues .
That’s one small step for us civilians.