Thursday, 16.9. At 02:02 CET, the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle with Spacecraft No. B1062.3 lifted off with the Crew Dragon C207.2 Resilience spacecraft from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. For the first time in history there is a crew on board, consisting only of amateurs – tourists, among whom there is not a single professional astronaut.
The Inspiration4 crew consists of Christopher Sembrowski and Dr. Sian Proctor, Jared Isakman (mission leader and sponsor), and Hayley Arsenault all underwent roughly six months of intense training for astronauts, but unlike the typical training for astronauts (as NASA calls them), astronauts (Roscosmos) and astronauts (Kuo-tia chang-tchien tü, resp. English abbreviation CNSA) is several times shorter training.
On the other hand, untrained tourists do not get into space so easily, at least in the case of current knowledge in the field of physics and current astronaut technologies. In terms of our ideas (and perhaps-knowledge-secret) about the technologies that UFOs can use, they are still in the imaginary Stone Age.
We do not yet have a better vehicle than chemical (at best electrochemical, ie electro-ionic) jet engines and this type of thrust is associated with a strong overload during take-off and landing, which requires a trained crew.
In any case, the SpaceX mission gave SpaceX a historical lead, which also confirms the high credit and technological development of the Dragon ships. These – in an expensive version like the Dragon 2, as well as in a manned version of the Crew Dragon – are able to arrive and park at the ISS International in fully automatic mode.
The journey during the current Inspiration4 mission also takes place in this mode. In the absence of a professional astronaut pilot on board, this is no more surprising than driving a driverless self-driving car. However, SpaceX left nothing to chance, and in the event of unforeseen circumstances, Jared Isakman and Sian Proctor also underwent pilot training to control the dragon.
The Crew Dragon, with the denomination Resilience, descends into a parachute into the ocean off the coast of Florida after three days in orbit, where it was caught by a lifeboat. We keep our fingers crossed for the space tourist until everything is going well.
In addition to enthusiasts praising SpaceX for its outstanding spaceflight technology (by the way, Crew Dragon is currently the only operating spacecraft capable of carrying more than three crew members into space – with a capacity of up to seven passengers), there are also opponents of space tourism.
They claim that millions could be spent on more useful projects. This is a question that can be debated, and I find the adjective of the old saying: “Politicians are only interested in your interest. Don’t take it.”
The Inspiration4 mission (unlike NASA projects, for example) is not funded by taxpayer money. Its price is unknown, but SpaceX said it was “significantly less” than the $100 million Jared Isaacman donated to Children’s Research Hospital. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He wants to get another $100 million to fund it from donors.
Certainly, space flights, even tourist flights, cost a lot of money. But cruises to the Caribbean and other destinations in the world’s seas and oceans on paranoid ships resembling floating cities are also very expensive. This money can also be invested in irrigation of fields in arid regions or in medical research.
However, something tells me that it would be more effective to cut spending rather than space research in areas such as armaments and many other areas that do not contribute to the progress of humanity.
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