The tourist flight to space carried the first civilian non-astronaut team trained to carry out space missions, and orbited around the Earth in what resembled a space tourism trip; As reported by the British Broadcasting Corporation "BBC".
The flight, carrying four passengers, lasted three days in outer space, and their Crew Dragon landed safely in the Atlantic Ocean.
The capsule landed using four parachutes to slow its impact on the water, and SpaceX's boats scrambled to retrieve it from the water.
The team of travelers was led by billionaire Jared Isakman, CEO of e-commerce company Shift4 Payments, who acted as a "leader" and funder of the mission.
He paid a large sum for the flight, which was not disclosed, but Time magazine estimated it at about $ 200 million, which was entirely acquired by billionaire Elon Musk, owner of SpaceX, for all four seats on board the Crew Dragon.
He was joined by three strangers whom he had chosen; delusion:
- Geologist and former NASA astronaut mission candidate Sian Proctor.
- Hayley Arsenault is a childhood bone cancer survivor and current physician assistant.
- Veteran aerospace data engineer Chris Sembrowski.
"It's been a very exciting ride for us," Isaacman said by radio shortly after landing, adding, "We're just getting started."
This is the third flight for Elon Musk's company that has taken humans to space and brought them back again, and represents another milestone in the space tourism market.
"Welcome to the second space age," mission director Todd Erickson said at a press conference, explaining that after that, "space travel becomes more accessible for ordinary men and women."
The team of space travelers: Jared Isakman, Sian Proctor, Hayley Arsenault, and Chris Sembrowski, appeared in a live broadcast from space on the first day of the flight, and the photo was published on September 17, 2021.
The team did not perform any missions to control the flight or command the vehicle, and the SpaceX team on the ground was in control of the computer systems and directing the flight from launch to return.
The flight plan did not include the Crew Dragon approaching the International Space Station "ISS", but the flight was a "free flight" at an altitude of 575 km in space.
The crew, who underwent six months of training, circled the Earth more than 15 times each day.
The experts who tracked the flight collected vital data on travelers at all times; Including blood oxygen levels, sleep, cognitive abilities and other vital signs during flight, to study the impact of being in space on the unqualified.
The trip will raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, in Tennessee; She was treated by Hayley Arsenault when she was a child, and she is still working today.
There is a plan to auction off the things they took with them into space, including the ukulele.
In addition to Musk, the race to sell commercial spaceflight has drawn other billionaire businessmen including Sir Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos, both of whom penetrated Earth's atmosphere this year in their spacecraft.