SpaceX’s Dragon Resilience spacecraft has returned to Earth with astronauts on board from the International Station, but it currently has a new mission preparing for it, which is the first private flight for civilians.After completing a 167-day stay at the International Space Station (ISS), the Resilience capsule has set off. In the Gulf of Mexico.
According to the US “Space” website, the capsule returned with four astronauts safely tethered inside: Mike Hopkins from NASA, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, as well as Soishi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
SpaceX’s recovery teams pulled the capsule out of the water, and once the crew was discharged, the ship embarked on a return voyage to Port Canaveral, from there the team would begin the process of preparing Dragon for its next mission.
This time differs from before, because instead of carrying a crew of professionally trained astronauts, the Resilience capsule will transport a crew of four ordinary citizens into space.
It will not return to the International Space Station, but instead will carry its passengers on a three-day journey around the planet, with the launch scheduled for September 15th.
Billionaire Jared Isaacman, who funded the mission called Inspiration4, and three other shortlisted people, as he did so by organizing a contest or raffle draw, will be launched as part of an effort to raise $ 250 million in donations for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Some adjustments will be made to the capsule, as it will receive a new piece of hardware, a domed window that will be installed, and the window will provide 360-degree views of the planet for the crew on board.
These modifications will happen in the coming weeks, with the launch date set for mid-September, and the Inspiration4 will be launched on top of the same Falcon 9 booster that launched the Crew-2 mission on April 23, as it took off from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.