The crew will go in a Dragon capsule on top of a Falcon 9 rocket. Photo EFE

The first civilian-only space mission, an initiative for scientific and charitable purposes launched by the businessman 38-year-old billionaire and pilot Jared Isaacman, is ready to begin this Wednesday from Florida its three-day trip aboard a SpaceX company ship.

Passionate about aviation, Isaacman hired SpaceX, Elon Musk’s company, to make a personal dream come true and vindicate the role of the “common people” in space adventure: the mission called Inspiration4.

The businessman and pilot of the mission chose his travel companions through a contest and intends to raise money with the mission $ 200 million for the free treatment of children with cancer. But who are these “common people”?

On one side is Hayley Arceneaux, a pediatric cancer survivor, a 29-year-old medical assistant. She will be the youngest American woman to enter orbit and the first person with a (femur) prosthesis to do so.

There will also be Chris Sembroski, 42, a former US Air Force officer who now works in the aviation industry. He has the seat of the “generosity”, as he rises as a former veteran who served in Iraq and now works in the aeronautics industry for the Lockheed Martin company.

The crew will go in a Dragon capsule on top of a Falcon 9 rocket. Photo EFE

He was chosen after making a donation to St. Jude Hospital. It will have as tasks to help handling cargo on board and communications with the Earth.

Last place goes to Sian Proctor, a 51-year-old science teacher who in 2009 narrowly missed the chance to become an astronaut at NASA, where her father worked during the Apollo missions.

He participated in Hawaii’s simulation experiment of life on Mars. She will be the mission pilot, assisting the commander. Represents “prosperity”, when creating an online store linked to the space.

She will be the fourth African-American woman to travel into space.

The price it paid to SpaceX was not disclosed, but presumably in the tens of millions of dollars. He will be the commander on board and offered another three places to strangers.

How and where will the mission be

The crew trained for six months.  AFP photo

The crew trained for six months. AFP photo

Takeoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. local time, with a five-hour launch window and, for the moment, favorable weather on a day that started out sunny.

The Falcon 9 rocket, which carries the Dragon capsule on top, will be launched from the legendary platform 39A at NASA Kennedy Center in Florida, where the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon took off.

The four Americans on board will travel farther than the International Space Station (ISS), up to an orbit 575 km from Earth. Every day they will go around the world about 15 times.

Travelers will have a spectacular view of space thanks to a glass dome that will be discovered 13 minutes after takeoff.

At the end of your journey, “about three days after takeoff“They will begin a dizzying descent to land off the coast of Florida, stopped by parachutes.

Six keys

Jared Isaacman is 38 years old and a billionaire.  AFP photo

Jared Isaacman is 38 years old and a billionaire. AFP photo

  • The capsule Dragon that will transport the crew will be at the top of a Falcon 9 rocket, at a height of 70 meters. The spacecraft has already sent 10 astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) on three different missions. Dragon, 8 meters high and 4 wide it was modified for this flight in which it will orbit the Earth. A large glass dome was installed to offer the four passengers a 360-degree view of space.
  • Takeoff is scheduled for 8:02 p.m. local time (00:02 GMT Thursday) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch window is five hours. At 2.4 minutes after takeoff and at about 80 km altitude, the first stage of the rocket will separate and will return to Earth to be reused on other flights. About 12 minutes later, the Falcon’s second stage will detach, rendering it unusable.
  • Dragon will orbit the Earth for three days at a height higher than that of the ISS. Then, you will return to the planet to land off the coast of Florida by means of a gigantic parachute.
  • The crew trained for six months, much less than the years of preparation required for professional astronauts. They learned to withstand the g (acceleration) force in a centrifuge apparatus and they experienced the lack of gravity.
  • Although the flight should be fully automated, the team was trained by SpaceX to take control of the spacecraft in an emergency.
  • During the mission, the sleep, heart rate, blood and cognitive functions of the crew will be analyzed in order to study how rookies react in space.


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