US rocket developer SpaceX has successfully launched a rocket without an astronaut on it. The flight called Inspiration4, which promises a 3-day trip around the world, was carried out from Kennedy Space Center at 03.03. Traveling inside the SpaceX Dragon capsule launched from a Falcon 9 rocket, the crew reached orbit within 10 minutes. The 4 names will reportedly travel around the Earth for three days before landing in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. It has been announced that the spacecraft carrying the crew will reach an altitude of 575 kilometers, about 150 kilometers above the International Space Station (ISS).
The flight, financed by 38-year-old billionaire businessman Jared Isaacman and leading the passengers, also included Sian Proctor, a 51-year-old science instructor who was among the 47 finalists in the astronaut auditions made by NASA in 2009, but was ultimately unable to join the agency. Hayley Arceneaux, 29, a physician assistant who had previously beaten cancer, and Christopher Sembroski, 42, a data engineer at Lockheed Martin, also joined the flight.
The Number Of Trials Is Increasing
Previously, British businessman Richard Bronson had traveled to an altitude of 100 kilometers, which is considered the starting point of space, with the vehicle developed by his company Virgin Galactic. The Unity-2 spacecraft, carrying a total of 6 people, was launched from the US state of New Mexico and managed to land on Earth without any problems.
The 4-person trip to space by Jeff Bezos, the founder of the US e-commerce giant Amazon, with the spacecraft developed by his own company Blue Origin, was recorded as the first pilotless flight with a civilian crew.