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SpaceX REALLY sending a billionaire to space tomorrow

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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.

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it's nice to be the king

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"normal folks"

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juice wrote: Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:27 am

"normal folks"

It was a tacky comment, but accurate.

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this is the price we pay for privatizing space exploration

hopefully the only price we pay

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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.

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

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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)

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Live stream started

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

Liftoff at 8:00 PM ET

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

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

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

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

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have they blown up yet?

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

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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/

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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.

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that window is pretty amazing

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

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

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And they’re back.

About one hour until they get out of the capsule.

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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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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.

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

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

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Black-n-white pic courtesy of G.S. Jennsen's Supermassive newsletter:

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Traditionally when crews are sent into orbit, at least someone brings a small stuffed animal to be set free after they had achieved orbit. In the top center you can see the SpaceX crew's golden retriever toy.

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maurvir wrote: Tue Sep 21, 2021 12:50 pm

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

Um, your own linked YouTube video points out that the pics that have been posted have only been the interiors of the descent module. There is a slightly larger habitation module attached to the front end of the Soyuz, but in your video the participants do not go into it because the NASA demonstration stack is setup for launch and the cosmonauts would require weighlessness to get into the habitation module.

Here is a YouTube video which shows the interior of the habitation module starting at the 1:11 mark. It isn't very big: 230 cubic feet which would be a cube only 6.1 feet in each dimension, but it is used only during orbits so it should feel more spacious during weighlessness. This can be compared to the 141 cu. ft. inside the descent module (5.2 ft cubed)

When returning to Earth the habitation module is detacted to be destroyed during its separate re-entry.

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