In Crew Dragon, SpaceX sends its first space tourists

SPACE – The rocket is ready on the launch pad. The passengers too, impatient after months of training. The Falcon 9 rocket that will launch Crew Dragon into orbit is due to take off on the night of September 15 to September 16. For SpaceX’s first space tourism mission, the capsule that will accommodate the four passengers has been partially retouched, as you can see in the video above.

Called Inspiration4, the mission has no professional astronaut on board, a first for an orbital flight. This very ambitious trip will last three days in space, unlike that of Bezos or Branson, who had spent only a few minutes.

To make the stay more pleasant, it was important to revise somewhat the capsule in which the passengers will live together. The major change is undoubtedly the installation of a huge glass dome at the top of the machine, called the Cupola.

A 360 ° view in Crew Dragon

If SpaceX has already sent 10 astronauts to the ISS aboard the Crew Dragon, this time the company was able to relieve its machine of the docking system intended to make it integral with the space station. This installation will offer passengers a spectacular 360 ° view of the vacuum of space and of the Earth. A panorama that they will be able to admire by going to the toilets in particular, since the sanitary device is installed in the Cupola.

The four Americans on board must travel beyond the International Space Station (ISS), to a target orbit of 575 km. They will circumnavigate the globe about 15 times each day. At the end of their journey, they will begin a dizzying descent to land off Florida, slowed down by huge parachutes.

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