What is there to doubt? In the future, going into space will be as accessible as a luxury trip today. Technology and a certain spiritual need to go further go hand in hand here. On that path, we are now approaching the first private journey into Earth’s orbit. Something never before accomplished.
Space X is finalizing preparations for the launch. It will be this September 15. It is Inspiration 4, the first private space mission to Earth orbit.
This mission is the brainchild of entrepreneur Jared Isaacman. He is a 37-year-old American tycoon, an accomplished jet pilot. He has purchased for an unspecified amount a full flight of a Space X Crew Dragon spacecraft. He will go as commander as commander. He will take three civilians on board for a three-day flight.
One of them is Hayley Arceneaux, 29 years old. She is a physician’s assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. It is for the benefit of the hospital that the mission is organized in part.
Trained for space
Another is 42-year-old Chris Sembroski. He was selected among 72,000 contributors to a fundraising campaign. It was done on behalf of the aforementioned hospital, a pediatric research and treatment center. The fourth member of the crew is Dr. Sian Proctor. She is 51 years old. She is an educator, entrepreneur and experienced pilot. She was selected by a panel of judges as part of a contest.
They have all covered a training program for life in space. Together they will manage the operation of Space X’s Crew Dragon spacecraft. The launch will take place from NASA’s Kennedy Center at Cape Canaveral.
It is true that organized private flights into space already exist. But they were only suborbital launches, like those of Virgin Galactic or Blue Origin. Yes, weightlessness was experienced. You could also contemplate the curvature of the Earth for a few minutes. But this will be the first private trip into Earth’s orbit.