Changing the space coverage
Out of their flight suits, back in their space suits; SpaceX just tweeted that the Inspiration4 crew adapted before their return to Earth.
As some spaceships land on the ground, Crew Dragon, the SpaceX capsule that carried the Inspiration4 crew into orbit, makes landings in the water. It is very similar to the method used by NASA astronauts to return to Earth during the Apollo, Gemini and Mercury eras. Landings occur off the coast of Florida, either in the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean – SpaceX has selected the Atlantic for this mission. Two NASA missions bringing crews back from the International Space Station splashed safely last year, one of them at night.
Because the Inspiration4 mission is considerably higher than previous Crew Dragon missions, it began to drop in altitude on Friday night, to around 225 miles from 360 miles, in order to put itself in a better position to re-enter the atmosphere. earthly.
Dragon will perform two burns tonight to reduce the spacecraft’s altitude to ~ 365 km and align the ground runway with the landing site
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 17, 2021
Later on Saturday, shortly before preparing to land, the vehicle will drop what SpaceX calls the “trunk” section of the spacecraft – the cylindrical compartment beneath the gumball-shaped capsule. The trunk will burn in the atmosphere.
Then the capsule will start firing its thrusters out of orbit. Once it gets low enough in Earth’s atmosphere, parachutes will deploy to gently lower the capsule into the sea.
The Inspiration4 crew took off on time from the Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday at 8:02 p.m. EST. It was a flawless flight in orbit.
The evening sky was nearly cloudless as the Falcon 9 rocket’s nine engines ignited, lifting the rocket and its passengers into space.
Once the flight started, the crew’s enthusiasm was not sidetracked by the forces weighing on them, as a video inside the capsule showed Sian Proctor, the flight’s pilot, and Christopher Sembroski, the mission specialist, banging his fist.
The capsule then moved into an orbit about 360 miles higher than the International Space Station and the Hubble Space Telescope. Indeed, the Inspiration4 crew will be further from Earth than anyone since space shuttles worked on Hubble in the 1990s.
After three days in orbit, the Inspiration4 mission crew – the first orbit trip where no one on board is a professional astronaut – returns home to Earth.
The Crew Dragon capsule that carries the astronauts is expected to make landfall in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida at 7:06 p.m. EST. SpaceX to release video of capsule landing and recovery on their YouTube page.
If weather conditions prevented the astronauts from returning, the crew could circle the planet for an extended period. In response to a question from a CNBC reporter about the potential for a delayed return to Earth due to weather conditions or other factors, Jared Isaacman, the billionaire who commands the mission and funded it, said Tuesday they would be able to stay in space for “about a week”.
Christophe Sembroski, 42, from Everett, Wash., Works in data engineering for Lockheed Martin. While in college, Sembroski worked as a counselor at Space Camp, an educational program in Huntsville, Alabama that gives children and families a taste of life as an astronaut. He also volunteered for ProSpace, a nonprofit advocacy group that pushed to open up the space to more people.
Mr. Sembroski described himself as “that guy behind the scenes, who really helps others achieve their goals and take center stage.”
He is the mission specialist for Inspiration4, and responsible for certain tasks during the mission.
Sian Proctor, 51 years old, is a community college professor in Tempe, Ariz.
Dr Proctor, who is African American with a doctorate in science education, had almost become an old-fashioned astronaut. She said that in 2009, she was one of 47 finalists selected by NASA from 3,500 nominations. The space agency chose nine new astronauts that year. Dr. Proctor was not one of them.
She applied twice more and was not even among the finalists.
She always pursued her space dreams in other ways. In 2013, Dr Proctor was one of six people who lived for four months in a small building on the side of a Hawaiian volcano, as part of a NASA-funded effort to study the isolation and the stress of a long trip to Mars.
She is the pilot of the Inspiration4 mission, the first black woman to pilot a spaceship.
Hayley Arceneaux, 29 years old, is a medical assistant at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis. Almost two decades ago, Ms. Arceneaux, who grew up in the small town of St. Francisville, Louisiana, was a patient in St. Jude when bone cancer was diagnosed in her left leg, just above. above the knee. Ms. Arceneaux underwent chemotherapy, an operation to install prosthetic leg bones, and lengthy physiotherapy sessions.
“When I grow up I want to be a nurse in St. Jude,” she said in a video presented during the ceremony in 2003. âI want to be a mentor for the patients. When they come in, I’ll say, ‘I had this when I was little, and I’m fine.’ “
Last year, Ms. Arceneaux was hired by St. Jude. She works with children with leukemia and lymphoma.
Ms. Arceneaux is the youngest American to ever travel in orbit. She will also be the first person with a prosthetic body part to go into space. She is the mission health officer.
He grew up in New Jersey and in ninth grade he started a business offering help to confused computer users. One of his clients was a payment processing company and his managing director offered him a job. Mr. Isaacman accepted the job and dropped out of high school at the age of 16. He obtained a General Education Development Certificate, or GED
After six months, Mr. Isaacman found a new way to handle payment processing, and in 1999 he started his own business in his parents’ basement. This evolved into Shift4 Payments, which went public in June 2020.
Mr. Isaacman began flying as a hobby, learning to fly increasingly advanced airplanes, including military fighter jets. In 2012, he created a second company called Draken International, which owns fighter jets and trains pilots in the US military. He has since sold Drakens but still flies fighter jets for fun.
Last year, Mr. Isaacman wanted to invest in SpaceX, which remains a private company, but missed the company’s latest investment offer. Mr Isaacman tried to convince SpaceX officials of his enthusiasm by telling them that he wanted to one day buy a trip to orbit. This led to conversations that led Mr. Isaacman to undertake the Inspiration4 mission. He serves as the mission commander.