It was an honor getting to speak with @DrSianProctor and the incredible #Inspiration4 crew. They're inspiring us all with their courage, curiosity, and passion. I'm thinking of all the young people who'll be looking up to this crew and dreaming big thanks to them. Ad astra! 💫🚀
Dragon's first phasing burn is complete
Congratulations to the @SpaceX team on the successful launch of @inspiration4x! Your mission moves @NASA closer to our goal of becoming just one of many customers in the low-Earth orbit economy.
Congratulations to our partners at @SpaceX on #Inspiration4's successful, truly historic launch. With the first private crew now in orbit and soon to be followed by Ax-1, the first private crew to ISS, "the door is open."
Congratulations to #Inspiration4 on a successful launch! There are some special “passengers” flying with the crew… Patches celebrating Hubble’s 30+ years of discovery!Thanks to @Inspiration4X for bringing this symbol of exploration with you on your journey.
Congratulations #Inspiration4! Low-Earth orbit is now more accessible for more people to experience the wonders of space. We look forward to the future – one where @NASA is one of many customers in the commercial space market. Onward and upward!
Congrats to the @SpaceX #Inspiration4 team on a successful launch. Through a reimbursable Space Act Agreement and non-interference basis, @NASA’s Near Space Network provided communications support through TDRS.
Congratulations to @elonmusk , the @SpaceX team, and the @inspiration4 crew for taking the next giant leap in making humanity a spacefaring species. On to Mars!
Congratulations to @inspiration4x and @SpaceX launch! The World is inspired by the recent entrepreneurial, exceptional, tireless efforts for the furtherance of Human SpaceFlight. I am with you in thoughts and spirit.
SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell in a statement heralded the mission as “paving the way for a future where space is more accessible to all who wish to go.”“We are so proud that they entrusted us to fly them,” Shotwell said. “On behalf of all SpaceX employees, I want to thank the crew and their families for allowing us to be a part of their historic mission.”
Liftoff! More soon
Falcon 9 streaks into space in deep twilight with @inspiration4x
Second phasing burn complete. Dragon and the @inspiration4x crew have reached a circular orbit of 585km – a new Dragon altitude record
CelesTrak has a TLE for the Inspiration4 launch (2021-084) atop a Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral on Sep 16 at 0002 UTC: spaceflightnow.com/2021/09/15/fal….
Well, it turns out that I4 and the ISS are actually in the same plane and I4 passed witin 200 km of the ISS at 0334 UTC. Interesting!
Here's the I4/ISS separation over the next few days (until the next orbital manuever makes this data obsolete)
And here are the two orbits for the past 30 min or so, showing how well aligned they are
9 Merlins propelling 4 friends to orbit. 🔥❤️
160733Z SEP 21NAVAREA IV 843/21(11).WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.GULF OF MEXICO.FLORIDA.1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS: A. 182250Z TO 182320Z SEP, ALTERNATE 190715Z TO 190745Z, 192230Z TO 192300Z, 200655Z TO 200725Z AND 202210Z TO 202240Z SEP IN AREA BOUND BY 29-02-27N 080-13-48W, 28-51-00N 080-00-46W, 28-39-32N 080-13-48W, 28-51-00N 080-26-49W. B. 182255Z TO 182325Z SEP, ALTERNATE 190715Z TO 190745Z, 192235Z TO 192305Z, 200650Z TO 200720Z AND 202215Z TO 202245Z SEP IN AREA BOUND BY 29-59-27N 080-35-59W, 29-48-00N 080-22-51W, 29-36-32N 080-35-59W, 29-48-00N 080-49-08W. C. 182300Z TO 182330Z SEP, ALTERNATE 190710Z TO 190740Z, 192240Z TO 192310Z, 200645Z TO 200715Z AND 202220Z TO 202250Z SEP IN AREA BOUND BY 31-06-28N 080-15-00W, 30-55-01N 080-01-40W, 30-43-30N 080-15-00W, 30-55-01N 080-28-19W. D. 182320Z TO 182350Z SEP, ALTERNATE 190735Z TO 190805Z, 192255Z TO 192325Z, 200715Z TO 200745Z AND 202235Z TO 202305Z SEP IN AREA BOUND BY 29-57-25N 086-01-40W, 29-45-57N 085-48-32W, 29-34-29N 086-01-40W, 29-45-57N 086-14-49W. E. 182325Z TO 182355Z SEP, ALTERNATE 190745Z TO 190815Z, 192300Z TO 192330Z, 200720Z TO 200750Z AND 202240Z TO 202310Z SEP IN AREA BOUND BY 29-59-27N 087-30-00W, 29-48-00N 087-16-51W, 29-36-32N 087-30-00W, 29-48-00N 087-43-08W. F. 182310Z TO 182340Z SEP, ALTERNATE 190730Z TO 190800Z, 192245Z TO 192315Z, 200710Z TO 200740Z AND 202225Z TO 202255Z SEP IN AREA BOUND BY 29-26-27N 084-12-00W, 29-15-00N 083-58-55W, 29-03-32N 084-12-00W, 29-15-00N 084-25-04W. G. 182305Z TO 182335Z SEP, ALTERNATE 190735Z TO 190805Z, 192240Z TO 192310Z, 200710Z TO 200740Z AND 202220Z TO 202250Z SEP IN AREA BOUND BY 28-41-27N 083-45-00W, 28-30-00N 083-31-58W, 28-18-32N 083-45-00W, 28-30-00N 083-58-01W.2. CANCEL THIS MSG 210010Z SEP 21.