Moscow. September 19th. INTERFAX.RU – The Crew Dragon spacecraft with the world's first completely non-professional commercial crew after a three-day flight on Sunday Moscow time began to descend from orbit, the American company SpaceX reported.
The shutdown of the reusable spacecraft Crew Dragon is scheduled to occur Saturday at 19:06 US Eastern Time (Sunday at 02:06 Moscow time) in the Atlantic near Florida.
On September 16, SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle launched the Crew Dragon into orbit at an altitude of 590 km with a fully non-professional commercial crew. This is higher than the current orbit of the International Space Station and all previously launched manned flights.
In the mission, dubbed Inspiration4, one of the four members of the flight is billionaire CEO of Shift4 Payments, 38-year-old and avid pilot Jared Isaacman, who paid for the mission in full. The crew also includes a doctor at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Hayley Arsenault, former NASA astronaut candidate Sian Proctor and Lockheed Martin engineer Christopher Sembroski.