SpaceX’s Dragon rocket launches into orbit


Eve Murdick

Four astronauts are launched into space for three days on SpaceX’s Dragon rocket.

Inspiration4 is a crew member of four armature astronauts. The rocket Dragon, a part of SpaceX, launched this Wednesday.


Space Exploration Technologies Corportation, or SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer company founded by Elon Musk in 2002. This company was founded in order to improve technologies that carry astronauts to space as well as advanced technologies that can be utilized in space. It was also founded to advance toward making life multi-planetary.


“Elon Musk is developing a vehicle that could be a game-changer for space travel. Starship, as it’s known, will be a fully reusable transport system capable of carrying up to 100 people to the red planet,” BBC said. 


Currently, SpaceX is embarking on the Inspiration4 mission in which four armature astronauts travel to space. The Inspiration4 crew consists of civilians: billionaire commander Jared Isaacman, physician assistant Hayley Arceneaux, geologist Sian Proctor and United States Air Force veteran Chris Sembroski. 


“Isaacman, Arceneaux, Proctor and Sembroski are the fourth crew to ride in a Dragon capsule. SpaceX built the vehicle as an astronaut taxi service to ferry humans to and from the International Space Station (International Space Station) and other destinations,” said. “Isaccman will serve as the mission’s commanders, with Proctor acting as his pilot, and Arceneaux and Sembroski will be mission specialists.” 


So the crew do not have to operate nor pilot the vehicle, this rocket was created to be autonomous. The responsibility relies on SpaceX crews on Earth who are operating it. But, in case of emergency, the crew is trained on how to operate the Dragon, however. 


The SpaceX rocket went into orbit this Wednesday, Aug. 15, after launching from Cape Canneveral, Fla. The crew members will reside in the capsule as it orbits earth every 90 minutes. To complete their journey, they will land off the coast of Fla. 


“The launchpad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida was dramatically illuminated with spotlights against the night sky, and when the SpaceX rocket’s nine engines fired up just after 8 p.m. ET it flooded the surrounding wetlands with a blaze of light as it soared into the upper atmosphere and made a dramatic, ghostly light show overhead,” CNN said.