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Civilian Astronauts to Fly Today #16435969 09/15/21
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SpaceX is targeting a five-hour launch window on Wednesday, September 15, opening at 8:02 p.m. EDT for launch of the Inspiration4 mission – the world’s first all-civilian human spaceflight to orbit – aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Approximately three days after liftoff, Dragon and the Inspiration4 crew will return to Earth and splash down at one of several possible landing sites off the Florida coast.

SpaceX’s webcast for launch of the Inspiration4 mission will go live ~4 hours before liftoff. Watch it HERE

Inspiration4 is commanded by Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments and an accomplished pilot and adventurer. Joining him are Medical Officer Hayley Arceneaux, a physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and pediatric cancer survivor; Mission Specialist Chris Sembroski, an Air Force veteran and aerospace data engineer; and Mission Pilot Dr. Sian Proctor, a geoscientist, entrepreneur, and trained pilot.


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Re: Civilian Astronauts to Fly Today [Re: RockyRaab] #16435991 09/15/21
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How much per seat?

Re: Civilian Astronauts to Fly Today [Re: RockyRaab] #16436058 09/15/21
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This flight was funded entirely by Jared Isaacmen. The others were picked by virtue of their accomplishments and qualifications.


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Re: Civilian Astronauts to Fly Today [Re: RockyRaab] #16436107 09/15/21
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If this goes off without a hitch it’s great for America and great to see Musk kick sand in the face of Bezos and Branson on billionaire beach !


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Re: Civilian Astronauts to Fly Today [Re: RockyRaab] #16436114 09/15/21
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He already can. Bezos has never orbited so much as a bread crumb, and Branson's little rocket plane is now grounded for potentially catastrophic defects.


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Re: Civilian Astronauts to Fly Today [Re: RockyRaab] #16436158 09/15/21
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You think it'll be as meaningless as when Mr Boeing decided to stick a few seats in his mail planes to carry paying passengers? Nothing ever came of that, right?


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Re: Civilian Astronauts to Fly Today [Re: RockyRaab] #16436197 09/15/21
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Musk said he was not going to space until he gets his Mars rocket, Starship fully developed, then he would go to Mars in about 10 years.

Musk may be a billionaire, but he sold his mansions and lives in a 20x20 tiny house at Boca Chica, Texas where he is building his giant rockets. The booster rocket is already on the launch mount and is supposed to be tested this week. SpaceX is awaiting the FAA approval for the first orbital test launch. This was all paid for by Musk out of his own pocket, not NASA.

The launch today does not involve NASA or any government money.

None of this good news makes the mainstream media. They make it like a conflict of billionaires. However SpaceX is head and shoulders above Bezos and Branson. His Falcon 9 rockets have launched 126 times and the boosters landed for reuse 90 times. Musk is making rocket launches like airlines.

Yes Musks owns a controlling share of Tesla, started Pay-Pal, Neural link, and The Boring Company, Starlink internet service, as well as SpaceX. He doesn't have a lot of "cash", but it is in stock and ownership of the companies. He pours all his extra cash into SpaceX. Once Starlink is fully operational, the profits from it will fund his Mars colonization ambition.

Re: Civilian Astronauts to Fly Today [Re: RockyRaab] #16436503 09/15/21
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Originally Posted by RockyRaab
He already can. Bezos has never orbited so much as a bread crumb, and Branson's little rocket plane is now grounded for potentially catastrophic defects.

I’m well aware. I just laughed when the two pretenders were making a big deal about their sub orbital “space flights”. It’s like two 98lb weaklings at muscle beach high fiving everyone because they benched the bar. Elon walks up and slaps 500lbs on and benches a set of ten while making the plates clank at the top. Musk is revolutionizing space flight.


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SPAM in a can.


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Re: Civilian Astronauts to Fly Today [Re: RockyRaab] #16437204 09/15/21
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The SpaceX webcast is up, for those of you who want to know more about this flight, the crew, and more. Conditions are GO for liftoff at 8:02 Eastern.


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Re: Civilian Astronauts to Fly Today [Re: Dixie_Dude] #16437213 09/15/21
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Originally Posted by Dixie_Dude
Musk said he was not going to space until he gets his Mars rocket, Starship fully developed, then he would go to Mars in about 10 years.

Musk may be a billionaire, but he sold his mansions and lives in a 20x20 tiny house at Boca Chica, Texas where he is building his giant rockets. The booster rocket is already on the launch mount and is supposed to be tested this week. SpaceX is awaiting the FAA approval for the first orbital test launch. This was all paid for by Musk out of his own pocket, not NASA.

The launch today does not involve NASA or any government money.

None of this good news makes the mainstream media. They make it like a conflict of billionaires. However SpaceX is head and shoulders above Bezos and Branson. His Falcon 9 rockets have launched 126 times and the boosters landed for reuse 90 times. Musk is making rocket launches like airlines.

Yes Musks owns a controlling share of Tesla, started Pay-Pal, Neural link, and The Boring Company, Starlink internet service, as well as SpaceX. He doesn't have a lot of "cash", but it is in stock and ownership of the companies. He pours all his extra cash into SpaceX. Once Starlink is fully operational, the profits from it will fund his Mars colonization ambition.


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Re: Civilian Astronauts to Fly Today [Re: RockyRaab] #16437370 09/15/21
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good maybe govt wll stop spending money on it except for critical military- yeah right

Re: Civilian Astronauts to Fly Today [Re: RockyRaab] #16437413 09/15/21
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You should be in McGregor, Tx when SpaceX test their rocket engines. Holy crap!! Seems like you can feel it from Waco to Temple! It’s insane.


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Re: Civilian Astronauts to Fly Today [Re: RockyRaab] #16437486 09/15/21
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Crew is in the capsule and they're about to close the hatch. Launch in two hours.


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Re: Civilian Astronauts to Fly Today [Re: RockyRaab] #16437733 09/15/21
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Starting propellant loading. T-35 minutes.

(I'm participating with a highball of Jack Daniel's Rye Whiskey and Fever Tree Ginger Beer. Mighty fine Rocky fuel!)


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Re: Civilian Astronauts to Fly Today [Re: RockyRaab] #16437904 09/15/21
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Re: Civilian Astronauts to Fly Today [Re: RockyRaab] #16437927 09/15/21
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As the Commander said, "The door is now open" to space - for everyone. It is a truly monumental mission.


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Re: Civilian Astronauts to Fly Today [Re: RockyRaab] #16437954 09/15/21
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I read that the crew are basically passengers and the flight is totally controlled automatically or from the ground. If that's the case, it seems like they have significantly devalued the title of astronaut.


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