Inspiration 4 launches successfully SpaceX plans to conduct six manned flights a year


Tencent technology news on September 18, with the successful launch of the first pure commercial manned space mission inspiration4, the US space exploration technology company SpaceX is seeking to launch more similar flights in the near future.
Benji reed, senior director of SpaceX’s manned space program, expects up to six commercial manned flights a year. “Nothing can really limit our launch capability. As long as the rocket and manned dragon spacecraft are ready and coordinated with other launches,” he said
The space company founded by Elon Musk has two active manned dragon spacecraft, both of which have carried out two manned launches and are currently in space.
On May 30, 2020, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley took the manned dragon spacecraft to the international space station for the first time to perform demo-2 demonstration mission. This is the first manned launch from the United States since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011.
In April this year, the manned dragon spacecraft docked with the international space station again to carry out the second manned mission crew-2 of the “commercial astronaut program” signed with NASA, and plans to return in November.
SpaceX’s manned dragon spacecraft is currently flying in earth orbit at an altitude of nearly 560 kilometers, taking a journey around the earth with all the inspiration4 members composed of ordinary people. The spacecraft was launched from the Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday night Eastern time and is scheduled to splash down in the Atlantic off the coast of Florida at 7:06 p.m. on Saturday.
The manned dragon spacecraft first entered space in November 2020 when the first manned mission crew-1 of the “commercial astronaut program” was implemented. SpaceX and NASA hope to take action immediately after the landing of the inspiration 4 mission, because the upcoming crew-3 launch may be carried out as early as October 31.
Musk said on his twitter account: “missions like inspiration4 help promote space flight and eventually enable anyone to go into orbit and further.”
SpaceX won a contract from NASA, initially using the cargo dragon spacecraft to help deliver supplies to the international space station, and then a manned version that can carry crew back and forth. Although the SpaceX project has made rapid progress and has carried 14 people on four space missions with a manned dragon spacecraft, Boeing’s Starline spacecraft has not completed the first successful unmanned test flight demonstration mission.
SpaceX will be NASA’s only partner to bring astronauts from the U.S. launch site to the international space station before Boeing joins the regular mission to pick up astronauts. The company will perform missions twice a year for about six months each.
“The reality is that the launch of the manned dragon spacecraft is getting busier and busier,” Reid said. He pointed out that the customer axiom space plans to send four passengers to the international space station in early 2022 and stay there for a few days. “We have a lot of NASA missions to advance, and there is an increasing backlog of commercial manned missions, and we look forward to carrying out these missions,” Reid said
Axiom space will charge $55 million per passenger for next year’s flight. SpaceX claims that it has the ability to perform orbital missions such as inspiration4 and fly to the international space station and beyond. SpaceX has also announced its first commercial manned mission around the moon, but that will be carried out using its starship under development.
The inspiration 4 mission marks the first time in 60 years that humans have used rockets to put passengers into orbit without professional astronauts. The crew spent more than six months training for the flight, trying to make the mission a success and pave the way for more missions.
Reid said: “In the final analysis, we want to make life a multi planetary life. This means that we will send millions of people into space in the future. Therefore, our long-term vision is to make space flight like a plane. You can buy a ticket and go, but now the most suitable people are those who have received a lot of training. As I mentioned, inspiration 4 is accepted like the rest of our crew I’ve been trained as an astronaut. ”
Jared Isaacman, the billionaire behind the inspiration 4 mission, is eager to become the first customer of SpaceX and pave the way for the future of more ordinary people entering space. Isaacman said at a pre launch press conference: “this is just the beginning, and it is only the beginning.”
Isaac Mann urged SpaceX to provide a higher altitude orbit for inspiration4, which is farther than the space station and even farther than the current orbit of the Hubble Space Telescope. The reason behind this is to further test factors such as higher radiation levels and debris risk, so that it is possible to finally go to Mars and other places to perform missions.
“A six-month space trip to Mars is very risky. It’s best to take some measures in a thoughtful and moderate way from today, so that we can continue to move towards those unusual goals, such as turning life into a multi planetary species and making the world more interesting when people can travel between stars,” Isaacman said (reviewed by Tencent technology / Jinlu)