Crew Dragon spacecraft with the first civilian space mission Inspiration4 launched into orbit at an altitude of 585 kilometers. Elon Musk’s company SpaceX announced this on Thursday, September 16, in its Twitter.
“The second phase recording is complete. Dragon and the Inspiration4 team have reached a circular orbit of 585 km, a new flight altitude record for the spacecraft,” the company stressed.
The Crew Dragon spacecraft was originally scheduled to fly at a maximum altitude of 575 km, which is significantly farther than the ISS (about 420 km).
A Falcon 9 rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral on September 15 at 20:03, U.S. East Coast time. The crew will have a three-day mission, after which Crew Dragon will land in the Atlantic Ocean.
The 38-year-old American billionaire Jared Isaacman will head the crew. Another member of the flight is former U.S. Air Force veteran Chris Sembroski. Also a space tourist was Hayley Arsenault, who suffered bone cancer as a child. Because of the disease, one of her legs was amputated, and now the girl moves around with the help of a prosthesis.