There are dates that we do not forget in the history of space. September 15, 2021 could be one. Sixty years after Yuri Gagarin’s maiden flight, it’s another premiere that took off yesterday evening (2 a.m. French time). While the space world is in turmoil with the arrival of private companies, the progress of which is increasingly impressive, the journey into space no longer seems to be wishful thinking reserved for a highly skilled elite.
In fact, the list of candidates for space has grown significantly this summer. First with the flights for a few days apart from Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos. In their own way, they have given space tourism a perspective that should begin more specifically in 2022.
SpaceX was heavily absent from space that summer battle and decided to run the remedial tests in September. School has started. Elon Musk’s company is putting everyone in line and has just sent the first full civilian crew into space. A feat that has never been achieved before, not even by NASA.
An unprecedented achievement, not even from NASA
In France, for example, a Falcon 9 left the legendary Cape Canaveral launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in the middle of the night. The missile launched normally before taking off in several stages, with the Crew Dragon capsule being the only one to enter orbit.
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Inspiration4: space for a good cause
This mission called Inspiration4 was a perfect communication coup for SpaceX after its amazing summer silence. When Branson and Bezos struggled to define outer space, SpaceX trusted patience and responded in the best possible way with this charitable mission.
Designed and paid for by billionaire Jared Isaacman, Inspiration4 pulled its crew through a huge lottery. The money raised through this raffle was used to raise funds for Saint Jude Hospital, which operates out of Memphis to help children with serious illnesses, including childhood cancer. Overall, this mission would have raised no less than $ 200 million for the American foundation.
Netflix in the game too
In addition to the charitable purpose of the mission, SpaceX has campaigned for this first civilian mission into space. For a few weeks now, Elon Musk’s company has announced a partnership with Netflix to produce a mini-series – with five episodes – on the various phases of the mission. The first three episodes are already visible on the platform. They trace the last six months of the crew, who were trained fit for take-off on September 15.
Because if the four lucky ones who will fly aboard the Crew Dragon capsule (the same one with which Thomas Pesquet was sent into space) did not have the preparation of the French, they still received a lot of training so that they can support the mission as best as possible and make the most of it. The last episodes of the series should appear by the end of the month and will trace the mission itself with unpublished pictures and a summary of the reactions of the various actors on this flight.