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SpaceX to launch first all-tourist crew into orbit

The Inspiration4 crew experiencing weightlessness during Zero-G flight on July 11, 2021.
The Inspiration4 crew experiencing weightlessness during Zero-G flight on July 11, 2021.

There are no official training requirements for a space tourism mission. Legally, if one chose to, they could just walk right up to the launch pad, strap in, and blast off without having any idea what to do at all once they got up there besides float around for a bit.

But the crew has spent the past six months taking on a training regimen with SpaceX, and they’ve also gone on a few bonding excursions to get comfortable with each other. (They will, after all, need to sleep, eat, use the bathroom and essentially become extremely close-quarter roommates during their three-day trip.)

So far, they’ve:

  • gotten acquainted with their Crew Dragon capsule and been fitted for spacesuits at SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California
  • hiked Mount Rainier in Washington state
  • taken a spin in a centrifuge to get accustomed to the intense G-forces that will push them into their seats during launch and during reentry. (According to the Netflix documentary, Sembroski vomited.)
  • flown in fighter jets

They’ve also studied the Crew Dragon manual forward and backward, used a special simulator to get their bearings in the capsule, and even done a 30-hour practice run.

“Throughout our training journey, it is front-loaded with a lot of academics. And then it moves into simulator work,” Isaacman told CNN Business. “What you don’t spend time training on is just the everyday normal stuff, like how are we going to take food out of the packaging without getting debris everywhere?”

For the record, the crew also practiced that too, for good measure.

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