What is the launch time today for SpaceX Inspiration4 in Florida?
After spending about two days in orbit aboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule, conducting scientific research, enjoying a few meals, interacting with people on Earth, and even placing a sports bet from space, the spacecraft has begun a series of manoeuvres to lower orbit for landing.
The team is currently flying in an orbit 565km above the Earth after circling around the planet several times at heights of 585km and 575km, SpaceX noted.
The crew has experienced over 25 sunrises and 25 sunsets since they’ve been in space.
They will fall back down to Earth after spending 3 days in space, landing in the ocean for a splashdown.
If the mission is a success, it will mark a major step forward for space tourism, and for Elon Musk e SpaceX’s plans to make it accessible to anyone with the money to fund a rocket and spacecraft to carry them to orbit.
The Inspiration4 crew is scheduled to return to Earth at 7:06 PM. EDT on Saturday.
The Dragon spacecraft would perform a series of maneuvers to lower to an altitude of about 365km today and line up with the landing site in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida, SpaceX tweeted.
Bezos and Musk friendly over Inspiration4 success
Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk have been falling out recently, mostly over the contracts won by Musk’s SpaceX to take astronauts to the Moon, which Bezos has attempted to get back for his own Blue Origin through legal processes. Musk has repeatedly mocked Bezos.
The Inspiration4 mission is also a reminder of how much further along with space tourism SpaceX is than Blue Origin. Bezos’s trip to space was much hyped, but he barely touched the edge; it doesn’t have the capability for anything like the three-day trip that Inspiration4 represents.
They appear to have found common cause, Contudo, no (perhaps questionable) belief that this very expensive trip is a journey towards making space availlable to everyone.
The inspiration4 crew has so far completed over 15 orbits during their first day in space.
Over the course of the last 24 horas, the astronauts have conducted a set of science experiments, answered questions from patients at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and even made a historic first sports bet from outer space.
Where will Inspiration4 land?
When the craft re-enters the atmosphere, two ‘drogue’ parachutes will be deployed, followed by four main canopies to alleviate the fall.
Atualmente, it is unclear where exactly the craft will descent, but it is planned to fall into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida on 19 September at one of several possible landing sites. It will be a “soft water landing”, where hopefully no damage to the craft will occur.
The Inspiration4 crew interacted from space with patients from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Mission’s “chief medical officer” Hayley Arceneaux is a bone cancer survivor turned St. Jude physicians’ assistant.
The crew have also brought some personal items inside the craft.
Hayley Arceneaux brought a photograph of herself aged 10, when she was enduring bone cancer treatment, while Jared Isaacman is taking custom dragon pendants made for the trip. Christopher Sembroski is taking two pints that belonged to his mother-in-law’s great-grandmother, and Sian Proctor is taking a commemorative coin from Guam, given to her by her parents.
As well as the Kings of Leon’s song, other items on board Inspiration4 include:
- Inspiration4 mission jackets featuring unique artwork by St. Jude patients, and original artwork by the Inspiration4 crew members, that were created by Space for Art Foundation co-founders artist Ian Cion and retired Nasa astronaut Nicole Stott, and handmade by spacesuit replica artist Ryan Nagata.
- 66 pounds of hops that, upon return, will be used to brew an out-of-this world beer by the brewers of Samuel Adams.
- A Fisher Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Space Pen & Coin Set containing a piece of material from Apollo 11.
- A ukulele from Martin Guitar that crew member Chris Sembroski will play in space.
- 50 art NFTs from 50 different artists will be auctioned on Origin Protocol’s NFT platform in collaboration with Subtractive, including an NFT that crew member Dr. Sian Proctor will bring into space that was also a piece of physical art that previously travelled to the Mariana Trench, making it the first piece of art that went to the furthest ocean depths and then into orbit.
- A handful of plastic and plush STEM toys based on the five characters from the popular animated STEM series, “Space Racers.”
- A mini-astronaut plush that will be delivered to the winning bidder with an original collar designed by renowned artist Romero Britto.
- The recent Time magazine with cover feature of the four crew members that they will autograph after the SpaceX Dragon capsule returns.
- IWC Schaffhausen has designed and donated four unique, space-themed Pilot’s Watch Chronographs representing the mission’s values of Leadership, Hope, Generosity and Prosperity.
- Customized Montblanc StarWalker Writing Instruments and stationeries for the crew to write about their journey in space.
The Kings of Leon’s NFT
Also on the Inspiration4 mission is a non-fungible token by the band Kings of Leon, a never-before-released performance of the song Time in Disguise from the band’s newest album.
“We’re honored to participate in this historic journey in an effort to raise money for St. Jude, and we’re sending all our best to the crew of Inspiration4”, the band said in a statement.
SpaceX breached a new Dragon altitude record at a circular orbit of 585 quilômetros, higher than both the International Space Station and the Hubble Space Telescope – e 10 kilometres higher than the private space company initially planned.
This was the view from Inspiration4’s Dragon capsule cupola as it left the Earth