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In case anyone is interested the orbital inclination will be the same as an ISS mission of 51.6 degrees, in order to maintain the same abort sites.
Asked about the Inspiration4 mission during the Humans to Mars Summit, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson calls it “another opening up of space.” NASA is not involved, but he sees is as “another example of where we’d like to go” in LEO commercialization.
View: https://mobile.twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1437799502077964292
 

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I can imagine some of the Inspiration4 crew moving over into other missions if they were so inclined.
 

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View: https://twitter.com/planet4589/status/1438365249325916160


Well, it turns out that I4 and the ISS are actually in the same plane and I4 passed witin 200 km of the ISS at 0334 UTC. Interesting!

View: https://twitter.com/planet4589/status/1438365437960540161


Here's the I4/ISS separation over the next few days (until the next orbital manuever makes this data obsolete)

View: https://twitter.com/planet4589/status/1438365850097098753


And here are the two orbits for the past 30 min or so, showing how well aligned they are
 

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Plenty of speculation that the lack of coverage from the Inspiration4 mission is due to Netflix exclusivity. If that’s the case it’s disappointing even speaking as a subscriber because it will be older news by then.
 

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View: https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1438563409935540226


The @Inspiration4x crew is healthy, happy, and resting comfortably. Before the crew went to bed, they traveled 5.5 times around Earth, completed their first round of scientific research, and enjoyed a couple of meals

View: https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1438563411441246208


After the crew wakes up today, they will conduct additional research and get their first look out of Dragon’s cupola!

View: https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1438563412624097286


Dragon continues to remain in its intended target orbit, with altitudes as high as 590km above the Earth’s surface
 

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View: https://twitter.com/StJude/status/1438645120753090566


This just in from @inspiration4x Mission Control. We can confirm that St. Jude patients got to speak with the crew live this afternoon, asking the questions we all want to know like "are there cows on the moon?" Standby and follow us for more.

View: https://twitter.com/therealbuzz/status/1438668425044365313


Congratulations to @inspiration4x and @SpaceX launch! The World is inspired by the recent entrepreneurial, exceptional, tireless efforts for the furtherance of Human SpaceFlight. I am with you in thoughts and spirit.
 

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View: https://twitter.com/axiom_space/status/1433512268805910533


Our historic Ax-1 mission's crew will spend 8 days living, working & researching onboard the ISS. Preparing for their time in space starts on the ground at the @nasajohnson Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, with @CommanderMLA & pilot Larry Connor in station familiarization training.

View: https://twitter.com/axiom_space/status/1433512276921921545


Following more than five months of rigorous training, Larry will be history’s first private pilot to fly to the Space Station, where he intends to conduct groundbreaking research for both the Mayo and Cleveland clinics.
View: https://twitter.com/commandermla/status/1438851046030336006


Having already lived on the International @Space_Station as a NASA astronaut, I'm looking forward to experiencing the #ISS as a private astronaut. I expect the schedule to be equally rigorous, as on #Ax1 we’ll be participating in research and STEM education.
 

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Says something about a commercial mission’s outreach strategy that the CEO of the company responsible for the spacecraft has to tweet “all is well.”

Indeed. It seems to be saying "this mission is not for the entertainment of the masses." And why should it be? One of these days, a married couple - or some other form of couple - will pay to go to orbit. If they want to surround themselves with GoPros and post their hijinks on The Hub, that's up to them. If they want complete privacy... that's also their right, unless you think that every high-end suite in a five-star hotel should constantly live stream the goings-on.
 

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Has the FAA made a decion on whether they will be awarded astronaut wings ? Would be crazy if they didn't qualify.
 

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Says something about a commercial mission’s outreach strategy that the CEO of the company responsible for the spacecraft has to tweet “all is well.”

Indeed. It seems to be saying "this mission is not for the entertainment of the masses." And why should it be? One of these days, a married couple - or some other form of couple - will pay to go to orbit. If they want to surround themselves with GoPros and post their hijinks on The Hub, that's up to them. If they want complete privacy... that's also their right, unless you think that every high-end suite in a five-star hotel should constantly live stream the goings-on.
Well Jeff Foust is a high profile space journalist so I suppose he would take that point of view.
 

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View: https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1438894609892057088


Sounds like there will be plenty of content coming down from the crew of Inspiration4 today. Understandably, it took some time to get acclimated to space. Also, to clarify, there is no blanket prohibition on video due to any agreement with Netflix.
View: https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1438981920252055555


The @inspiration4x crew is set to return to Earth on Saturday, September 18 with a targeted splashdown at 7:06 p.m. EDT in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida

View: https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1438981924261806081


Dragon will perform two burns tonight to reduce the spacecraft’s altitude to ~365km and line up the ground track with the landing site
 

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View: https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/status/1439066103917936647


Best cupola views so far. Look at Dragon's nosecone!

View: https://twitter.com/nyse/status/1439046429599834113


Inspiring conversation with @Shift4Payments CEO @rookisaacman and the whole @inspiration4x crew in their goal to raise $200m for @StJude and the fight against childhood cancer from aboard the @SpaceX Dragon capsule #Inspiration4
 

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https:/:twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/1438622941785251848

Family and friends of Inspiration4 took some zero gravity flights today. It was absolutely surreal and sentimental to float around in zero-g knowing that our crew was doing the same on-orbit.

Here’s a shot of me with the wonderful @AstroDocScott. So much fun!!!!

View: https://twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/1439217146454753281


The GoPro was fun, but @GoZeroG got some much better pics. Thanks so much!
The splashdown site for Dragon is approximately 44 km offshore, near Cape Canaveral. Splashdown is set for 7:06pm ET.

Recovery ship GO Searcher will be in position, alongside the US Coastguard to keep wayward boaters away.

View: https://twitter.com/SpaceOffshore/status/1439219395440562180
 

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And now we have our answer regarding lack of coverage.

View: https://twitter.com/SciGuySpace/status/1438538774305288204


Eric Berger @SciGuySpace
I've had several questions about why there are no photos of Inspiration4 after orbit. It's a private mission, and their choice. Families are in regular contact and all is well. There will be some events. The video will eventually show up on Netflix. But this is not NASA, folks.

You would have to have a camera on the second stage...and have the craft pose. But this is all about their view.

Oh--and Orion still has the recent capsule peak altitude (5,800 kilometers/3,600 miles)
 

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It seems to have splashed down safely.
Even more significant to me than this mission—was I blurb I read where SpaceX is expanding…and the scuttlebutt is that one location is located along….

Billy Mitchell Boulevard

That, gentlemen—is FATE
 

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This is one private mission to look out for in the future.
February 18, 2020
— A new commercial space mission will fly its passengers higher in Earth orbit than ever before, achieving an altitude last reached by Gemini astronauts more than 50 years ago.

Space Adventures, the only space tourism company to send its clients to the International Space Station, announced on Tuesday (Feb. 18) a new partnership with SpaceX to launch privately-funded customers on the first Crew Dragon free-flyer mission. The spaceflight, targeted for late 2021 to mid-2022, will not dock at the space station, but rather it will circle around Earth at an altitude two to three times greater than the orbiting laboratory.

"Creating unique and previously impossible opportunities for private citizens to experience space is why Space Adventures exists," Eric Anderson, the company's chairman, said in a statement. "This Dragon mission will be a special experience and a once in a lifetime opportunity — capable of reaching twice the altitude of any prior civilian astronaut mission or space station visitor."
 

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