SpaceX launches first ship with all-civilian crew aboard (VIDEO)

11:53, 16 September 2021
SpaceX launches first ship with all-civilian crew aboard (VIDEO) Photo: Unsplash/SpaceX/CC0

The American company SpaceX has launched its first ship mission Inspiration4 to orbit with all-civilian crew aboard, the launch has been broadcasted on the company website and Twitter.

The Crew Dragon spaceship took off at 12:02 a.m. GMT from the NASA launch complex in Cape Canaveral in Florida. The mission will take three days thereafter Crew Dragon will have to land on one of the pad nearby the Florida coast.

The first-stage booster was split off in two and a half minutes after the launch, the second one in 9 minutes whereupon Crew Dragon entered orbit and climbed to 355 miles (572 km) above the Earth, which is higher than International Space Station (ISS).

The Crew Dragon will be circling the globe once every 90 minutes at a speed of some 17,000 miles per hour (27,360 kph), or roughly 22 times the speed of sound.

"The door is open now, and it's pretty incredible," the Head of mission Jared Isaacman said.

The space mission was paid for by the founder of the Shift4 Payments company Jared Isaacman. He also will command the mission. Apart from him, the spacecraft was set to bring to orbit - Hayley Arceneaux, Chris Sembroski, and Dr. Sian Proctor.

The Crew Dragon is outfitted with a big glass cupola allowing the crew to observe the Earth and outer space. In addition, the astronauts can use for observation the portholes on the spacecraft sides.

The whole project was approximately estimated at up to $2.6 billion, Forbes reported.