Netflix has announced a new five-part documentary series titled ‘Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission To Space,’ that is going to follow events surrounding the first-ever all-civilian space trip. Netflix will premiere the first two episodes on September 6, followed by episodes 3 and 4 on September 13. The final episode will air at the end of September as Inspiration4’s launch is scheduled for September 15. It’s the first time that Netflix documentary series is covering an event in real-time.
Inspiration4 Mission is being organized by SpaceX and will see four people spend three days in low-Earth orbit. The commissioning of the documentary reflects the growing interest in “space tourism” missions where private citizens pay big bucks for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to space. The private flight is being funded by a billionaire, Jared Isaacman, the CEO and founder of payment processor Shift4 Payments.
The main aim of the upcoming mission is to raise awareness and funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Indeed, proceeds from the Netflix documentary, which is being produced by Jonathan D. Woods (A Year in Space) and Jake Rogal (The Last Dance), will be added to Inspiration4’s funding target of $200 million.
Isaacman on the Inspiration4 space flight will be joined by Hayley Arceneaux, a 29-year-old physician assistant who’s on course to set several records during her time in space. These include becoming the first bone cancer survivor to travel to space, the first person to head to orbit with a prosthetic body part (in Arceneaux’s case, prosthetic leg bones), and the youngest American to orbit our planet.
The two other crew members are the trained pilot Dr. Sian Proctor who was selected for the mission through an online business competition, and Christopher Sembroski, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who works for Lockheed Martin who got his seat through his support for St. Jude.
Also, the viewers can expect to see the crew experience a string of highs and lows during the intense training sessions, as well as the SpaceX team preparing the Falcon 9 rocket for launch. We should also get a proper first look at the specially designed Crew Dragon spacecraft featuring a glass dome and a bathroom with the best view, reports Tech Crunch.
The launch, time in orbit, and ocean landing will of course also feature in the documentary series and also there’s no doubt that the CEO of SpaceX, ‘Elon Musk’ will show up somewhere.
So, that’s going to be quite interesting for SpaceX fans. Let us know your views in the comment section and stay tuned for more updates.