SpaceX sends amateur astronauts to space

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Astronauts on the Inspiration4 mission, from left: Mr. Chris Sembroski, Dr. Sian Proctor, billionaire Jared Isaacman, and Ms. Hayley Arceneaux – Photo: INSPIRATION4

According to AFP news agency, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon ship left Earth at 20:02 pm 15-9 local time (7:02 am 16-9 Vietnam time) in the mission called Inspiration4.

About 12 minutes later, the Dragon spacecraft separated from the rocket and aimed for an orbit at an altitude of 575km above Earth, higher than the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS).

SpaceX says Inspiration4 is SapceX’s first spaceflight mission without any professional astronauts on board.

According to Reuters news agency, the “amateur quartet” in the Inspiration4 mission is led by 38-year-old billionaire Jared Isaacman – founder and chief executive officer of financial services company Shift4 Payment -.

The other three are professor of earth science Sian Protor (51 years old), former US soldier Chris Sembroski (42 years old), Ms. Hayley Arceneaux (29 years old) – medical assistant who has won bone cancer. All three were carefully selected by billionaire Isaacman.

Four amateur astronauts spent five months training and preparing for the Inspiration4 mission.

The “quad” will spend three days in space before returning to Earth and landing in the waters off the state of Florida.

According to Reuters, the “amateur quartet” will not pilot the Dragon spacecraft, even though two of them have been licensed to fly the spacecraft. Instead, the ship is piloted by professional SpaceX flight crews from the ground combined with an onboard guidance system.

Once in orbit, the amateur astronauts will conduct a series of medical tests that have “potential applications for human health on Earth and in future spaceflight.”

“Some people go first and many people follow,” billionaire Isaacman said.

The trip was sponsored by billionaire Isaacman to raise $ 200 million for St Jude Pediatric Research Hospital in Tennessee, USA.

SpaceX does not disclose the price of space travel tickets, but estimates the cost up to tens of millions of dollars.

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