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SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 6:12 am
by ukimalefu

SpaceX is about to send its first crew of private citizens to space

No, Elon Musk is not going

Four people are set to launch to space Wednesday night aboard a SpaceX capsule, and none of them are professional astronauts. Jared Isaacman, a billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist, booked the Crew Dragon capsule last year and picked three normal folks to ride with him. It will be the first completely private mission to orbit.

They're actually going to space, and not just barely:

This mission’s destination is about 80 miles higher than the ISS. In orbit, they’ll view Earth through two windows and a new glass dome that was added to the top of the capsule, where Crew Dragon’s ISS docking door was. The crew will reenter the atmosphere after three days, depending on the weather around Florida, and splash down in the Atlantic ocean. SpaceX recovery teams will likely meet up with the capsule, hoist it onto a ship, extract the crew, and bring them ashore.


SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:04 am
by TOS

it's nice to be the king


SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:27 am
by juice

"normal folks"


SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:46 am
by maurvir
juice wrote: Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:27 am

"normal folks"

It was a tacky comment, but accurate.


SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 4:28 pm
by TOS

this is the price we pay for privatizing space exploration

hopefully the only price we pay


SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 4:33 pm
by Séamas

I don't really care when billionaires spend a whole bunch of money to do things like this.
Every time they spend money like this, engineers get paid (and get $$ to innovate), designers get paid, etc.

The only think I hate about this--and about manned spaceflight in general-- is the enormous waste of material/carbon footprint for these trips.
Exploration with remote probes is a better option.


SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 5:05 pm
by ukimalefu

SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 5:46 pm
by ukimalefu

Livestream is over, but you should find the video on the spacex YouTube channel soon


SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 9:46 pm
by TOS

i didn't realize the mission will include the youngest american to fly into space (she's 29) and the first with a prosthesis (a rod in her leg due to childhood bone cancer)


SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Wed Sep 15, 2021 3:54 pm
by ukimalefu

Live stream started

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pv01sSq44w

Liftoff at 8:00 PM ET


SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Wed Sep 15, 2021 4:12 pm
by ukimalefu

Seems there’s a documentary series about this mission on Netflix but I didn’t catch the name


SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:17 am
by DukeofNuke

" And I think my spaceship knows which way to go ... "


SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:18 am
by ukimalefu

View from outside the capsule (but nobody's peeking out the window yet)

https://www.instagram.com/p/CT3qayoAcqw/


SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Thu Sep 16, 2021 8:23 pm
by TOS

have they blown up yet?


SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2021 3:23 am
by ukimalefu

SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:36 am
by obvs

How much do you think Jeff Bezos hates Elon Musk right now?


SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2021 10:49 am
by ukimalefu
obvs wrote: Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:36 am

How much do you think Jeff Bezos hates Elon Musk right now?

A lot

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/09 ... r-program/


SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:59 pm
by ukimalefu

SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2021 5:19 pm
by ukimalefu

Live stream is over, but the recording should stay, it was short.

They arrive tomorrow, live stream starts at 3 PM and splashdown is around 4:00, pacific time they said.

Check on spacex.com, or their youtube channel, or their twitter, if you want to watch.


SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2021 5:46 pm
by TOS

that window is pretty amazing


SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Sat Sep 18, 2021 6:10 pm
by ukimalefu

One of the astronauts is watchin Spaceballs, in space, right now!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpFKNNl47AM


SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Sat Sep 18, 2021 7:17 pm
by ukimalefu

And they’re back.

About one hour until they get out of the capsule.


SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2021 9:07 pm
by TOS

clearly threatened (a senior russian complained they didn't have a musk or bezos to boost their space program), russian has budgeted $60 million to build soyuz capsules for space tourism

they better slash the price, because it's pretty snug in those things

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SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Tue Sep 21, 2021 11:11 am
by sean
TOS wrote: Mon Sep 20, 2021 9:07 pm

they better slash the price, because it's pretty snug in those things

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F[censored]K THAT!

Just looking at that picture triggers my claustrophobia. The Soyuz may be one of the safest ways to get to orbit and back again, but there is no way I would be able to get in one. Nope. Noooope. Not comfortable with that idea at all.

I'm ... gonna go for a nice walk outside... where there is... room. Yeah. Outside. Outside good.


SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Tue Sep 21, 2021 12:45 pm
by maurvir

SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Tue Sep 21, 2021 12:50 pm
by maurvir

That's a whole lot of NOPE, especially compared to the Crew Dragon.


SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

Posted: Tue Sep 21, 2021 1:22 pm
by DukeofNuke

Oh c'mon now.
If Sandra can fly it ...

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