Commander of SpaceX’s first “all civilian” space mission: high intensity training for several months in a row


Tencent technology news on July 18: later this year, SpaceX, an American space exploration technology company, will cross a milestone and send the world’s first “all civilian” crew into space. The mission is known as “inspiration 4”. Although some of the four crew members have experience in aircraft or rocket science, no one has been to space.
However, they will spend about three days in the modified manned dragon capsule of SpaceX in close cooperation. The team includes bone cancer survivors, Hayley Arceneaux, assistant physician at St Jude’s children’s research hospital, Chris sembroski, an air force veteran and aerospace professional, and Sian Proctor, a pilot and geoscientist, The latter is also one of the candidates for NASA’s astronaut program in 2009.
“Inspiration 4” mission commander Jared Isaacman talked about his training and expectations in an interview
Finally, the mission commander, Jared Isaacman, an experienced pilot and founder of shift 4 payments, an independent payment processing provider, and Draken international, a private supplier of fighters to military customers. In a recent interview, Isaacman talked about his ongoing intensive training program, his mission goal of raising $200 million for St. Jude’s Hospital, and his experience living in a “high-tech space cabinet” environment. Inspiration 4 is currently scheduled to launch on September 15.
The following is a summary of the interview:
Q: why is this mission significant?
Isaacman: This is the first time that ordinary people have entered orbital space, rather than being sent into space by the world’s superpower. You know, this is the highest altitude mission in more than 20 years, far beyond the space station.
At the same time, a few people involved in this mission, they will never be selected by NASA, because they can not pass the ultra strict health screening. We have a crew member who is a cancer survivor with a false bone, and he will definitely be excluded from NASA. But now we think it’s OK. It’s all about making space easier to get into.
The most important part is that we recognize that in order for us to make greater progress for tomorrow, we have a responsibility to solve today’s problems. That’s why St. Jude’s children’s research hospital is an important part of inspiration 4, raising $200 million to deal with today’s practical problems, and children’s cancer will definitely be at the top of the list.
Q: is there anything special in training that makes you think it’s much harder than you think?
Isaacman: I think the training is very intense. I thought that when we came here, there would be only a few hours of training, and then I would have some time to deal with e-mail, hold a conference call, and then there might be a few hours of training. However, reality seems quite different from imagination. We arrive at SpaceX base at 7 a.m., leave at 7 p.m., and then go back to the hotel to continue our study. We’ve been doing this for months.
And the space mission we are going to carry out is likely to have problems, so we have to accept a wide range of training. If you look at the NASA crew mission to the space station, they are going from the launch pad to the safe area of the space station at the fastest speed. Then when they leave, they can wait for the bad weather to pass and stay on the space station a little longer if necessary.
But for us, once we get on board, we need to do our best. We have to come back in five days, and there is no safe haven to go.
From left to right, the crew of inspiration 4 are Chris sambroski, Haley alseno, Sean Proctor and Jared Isaacman
Q: what do you think of the control of the manned dragon spacecraft?
Isaacman: it’s almost as good as any jet I’ve ever flown. I can send and receive e-mail in the cockpit. I just need to monitor to make sure everything is OK. So I want to say that in this respect, a lot of things can be automated. The problem is that all automation is done through data links to the ground. So if you lose communication or start to have some kind of system failure, everything goes back to manual mode.
Q: what about derailment?
Isaacman: if everything goes exactly as planned, then we will have a derailment plan uploaded from the ground, which uses a group of people in mission control center to calculate, just like controlling the space shuttle. But suppose something unexpected happens to us in space, then I can bring us back manually.
Q: you are going to take a modified manned dragon spaceship. Do you want to live in different places?
Isaacman: No, the four of us live in the equivalent of a closet. The only real improvement is that SpaceX has removed the docking system and replaced it with the world’s largest space porthole. This is so cool! You can’t see the glass. So you really feel like you’re in space without a spacesuit.
Q: what happens when you need to go to the bathroom?
Isaacman: there’s a bathroom on board, and there’s a curtain for privacy. It’s very close to the ceiling. I mean, it’s not very private, but it’s a small price to pay for access to space.
The four crew members will orbit the earth in SpaceX’s manned spacecraft for about three days
Q: you will also do some scientific research on the spaceship. What’s your experiment?

Isaacman: most of the research focuses on the physiological effects of radiation on the human body and cells, ultimately supporting longer space flight. So I mean, if we’re going to Mars in the future, it’s going to take six months of space flight. As a result, it can damage your body in many ways.
People will ask, “how much radiation did you get after three days in orbit?” In fact, it’s equivalent to a CT scan of the abdomen. Six months in space is equivalent to a CT scan every three days. And then when you get to Mars and come back, it’s equivalent to hundreds of CT scans. There’s also a cognitive problem, because the fluid in your body moves.
Q: how many years do you think space tourism will become a reality?
Isaacman: I often use Charles Lindbergh’s solo transatlantic flight as an example. 12 years later, we have transatlantic commercial services. So I don’t know if it will be five years, 10 years or 15 years, but I know that if we complete our mission, the door to space will remain open, waiting for more exciting missions to follow.
Q: did the negotiations with SpaceX go well? Have you ever talked to Elon Musk?
Isaacman: I just knocked on the door and said, “Hey, I’m interested in going into space any time, whether it’s a year from now or five years from now.” I didn’t expect them to say, “we’ll be ready in seven or eight months, and you might be the first ordinary person to go into space.” I thought, that’s cool. So it’s not difficult to negotiate with them, it’s really easy to work with SpaceX.
During the whole process, musk and I had many conversations on different occasions. He’s very supportive of my ideas, and he’s sharp minded. I try not to take up too much of his time because I feel like I’m distracting him from solving the world’s problems.
Q: what do you expect most from this mission?
Isaacman: everyone in the crew has a slightly different answer to this question. But for me, it’s really just putting the idea into practice. I just want to do things well. But I care about the task, and I know the stakes. If something goes wrong, everyone will say it’s a bad idea, which should be left to NASA or astronauts from other countries. I hope the plan goes well so that we can make sure that the door to space is open to everyone else. That’s what I’m most concerned about( Tencent technology reviser / Jinlu)