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First all-civilian space voyage of Inspiration4 to be aired in Netflix documentary series

Netflix will stream a miniseries on the all-civilian space flight Inspiration4 (Pic: Courtesy variety.com)

Besides enjoying the distinction of being the first all-civilian, the crew of Inspiration4 will also be privileged of getting its own documentary! The entertainment streaming platform Netflix in a statement released on August 3 said that a five-part series on the mission will be released in September.

Incidentally, this docu series will be the first to chronicle this historic mission. Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space will be streamed in five parts, with the first two episodes being telecast on September 6, thus chronicling the event “in near real-time”, according to a report in techcrunch.com.

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The series will cover how this all-civilian crew of Inspiration4 prepares for this three-day flight to low Earth orbit while also documenting the actual event.

In the initial episodes, the viewers will get to see among other things, the training for astronauts which the Inspiration4 commander Jared Isaacman and his crew had to undergo before the flight.

The final feature-length episode will portray the mission’s flight to space and their eventual return to Earth. This will also include footage from inside the Crew Dragon spacecraft. Although no date has been announced for the finale but it is expected to be streamed somewhere late in September as engadget.com’s  report.

The flight – private one – is being financed by Isaacman, a billionaire and Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Shift4 Payments, a payment processor.

Isaacman will be accompanied on this flight by Hayley Arceneaux, a physician assistant at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and a paediatric bone cancer survivor; Christopher Sembroski, a Lockheed Martin engineer and Air Force veteran; and professor of geoscience Sian Proctor.

Isaacman and his crew will go to orbit in a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and a Falcon 9 rocket. The Dragon is being customised for this mission as the docking mechanism will be replaced with a transparent glass dome. This will enable the crew to witness some fantastic views. Large enough to fit one passenger, the dome will open once the spacecraft has safely exited the atmosphere of the Earth.

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The series by Netflix is most likely to be directed by Jason Hehir. Hehir earlier made a miniseries on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls for the popular sports channel ESPN.

Besides the series, Netflix will also release A StoryBots Space Adventure. This will be a hybrid live-action and animation special featuring the crew of Inspiration4 crew. They will answer questions from kids about their flight.

This special programme will go on air on September 14th that is a day before the lift off of the Inspiration4 mission.