Civilian astronauts flying into space with Inspiration4 This September, we are busy preparing for our mission at SpaceX headquarters.
This September, four private astronauts will fly around the Earth aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on the three-day Inspiration4 mission, commissioned by tech billionaire (and crew commander) Jared Isaacman.
The team also includes Haley Arsenault, a childhood bone cancer survivor, assistant physician at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; data processing engineer Chris Sembroski; geologist, scientific communicator and artist Sian Proctor… All four were diligently preparing for the flight. More recently, Isaacman and Proctor “learned to control the dragon.”
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Isaacman and Proctor, who will serve as mission pilots, received training at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. The couple get to know the Crew Dragon because while it does fly autonomously, they need to know the ship both inside and out and be prepared for any scenario possible.
“Crew training continues for # Inspiration4 commander @rookisaacman and the pilot @DrSianProctor, with a lot of time spent in @SpaceX simulators to introduce the team to the different aspects of Dragon flight! “. said via Twitter Inspiration4 on the progress of Crew Dragon training.
Crew training continues for Commander # Inspiration4 @rookisaacman and Pilot @DrSianProctor, more time is spent on @SpaceX simulators to introduce the crew to different aspects of Dragon flight! pic.twitter.com/eJNzIndRVqJune 1, 2021
The post contained photographs of Isaacman and Proctor wearing SpaceX suits and training simulators to prepare for flight on the Crew Dragon capsule. The couple looks focused on the task at hand, working hard on the flight.
Inspiration4 will be the first ever crewed space mission to be launched without “professional astronauts” on board, so the four will have to prepare further for their orbital journey. In addition, the mission is to raise money and support the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Each crew member represents a separate “pillar” – leadership, hope, generosity and prosperity.
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