The Inspiration4 crew enjoys weightlessness on a parabolic flight, July 11, 2021.
SpaceX is launching its first civilians into orbit Wednesday, weather permitting.
The crew of this Inspiration4 mission completed a five-month training program to prepare.
Nonetheless, SpaceX is sending them up with zip ties and sedatives in case someone becomes a danger to themselves or others.
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SpaceX plans to launch a spaceship full of regular people into orbit on Wednesday evening, without any professional astronauts onboard.
After five months of training, the four-person civilian crew is scheduled to roar into space aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spaceship. The mission, known as Inspiration4, calls for them to orbit Earth for three days before returning. You can watch the launch live here.
Billionaire Jared Isaacman chartered the flight from SpaceX and is both footing the bill and commanding the spaceship. He gave the other seats to Hayley Arceneaux, who survived bone cancer as a child and now works at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Chris Sembroski, an Air Force veteran who works for Lockheed Martin; and Dr. Sian Proctor, a geoscientist who serves as an analogue astronaut in simulations of long-term Mars missions.
SpaceX has tried to anticipate and plan for anything that could go wrong, according to Axios space reporter Miriam Kramer.
“They also have to prepare for worst-case scenarios like someone on the crew becoming a danger to themselves or others,” Kramer reported on Axios’ “How It Happened” podcast last week. “There are zip ties and medication on board in case somebody needs to be sedated.”
‘Nobody’s gonna snap that way’
The Inspiration4 crew – left to right: Isaacman, Proctor, Arcaneaux, and Sembroski – poses in front of a Falcon 9 rocket at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, June 14, 2021.
Spaceflight confines astronauts to a small space for days, weeks, or even months with the same few people. They can’t shower or use the bathroom the way they’re used to. They strap in to sleep. In orbit, their sinus cavities fill with fluids, like having a constant cold. They miss their family and friends. And if something goes wrong, they may fear for their lives.
So keeping equipment on a spacecraft to help subdue a crew member in case of emergency isn’t a new idea.
NASA has a plan in place if astronauts on the International Space Station or traveling into orbit become violent or suicidal.
In 2007, the Associated Press obtained NASA’s written procedures, which instruct the crew mates of a dangerous astronaut to use duct tape or bungee cords to bind that person’s wrists and ankles, and inject them with tranquilizers if necessary.
The agency did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.
To alleviate the small chance that a crew member has an unexpected mental-health episode in space, like experiencing psychosis, NASA astronauts undergo extensive psychological assessments and check-ins before they launch to the ISS.
It’s not clear what kind of assessments the Inspiration4 crew …read more
Source:: Business Insider