Netflix has released the trailer (below) for Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space, a five-part documentary series based on SpaceX’s first purely civilian mission.
Directed by Emmy Award winner Jason Hehir (The Last Dance) and “the first Netflix documentary series to cover an event in near real time,” the shows will provide mission preparation and training, as well as live coverage of the launch of Kennedy Space Center in Florida and images of the Crew Dragon spacecraft – complete with its all-glass observation dome – as it orbits the earth with four passengers.
Here is a list of the streaming data and content for each show:
- Monday, September 6th: Meet the four civilians on their way into space
- Monday September 13th: Watch them prepare
- Wednesday, September 15th: Watch the live start
- Thursday September 30th: Spend time with the crew in space
To set up the three-day mission, Shift4 Payments Jared Isaacman signed a private contract with SpaceX. Three other crew members – Hayley Arceneaux, a 29-year-old medical assistant who will become the first bone cancer survivor in space; Dr. Sian Proctor, who will become the fourth black American in space; and Christopher Sembroski, a U.S. Air Force veteran who works for Lockheed Martin – have been selected in various ways and will bear all of their costs from Isaacman.
The head of Shift4 Payments says in the trailer that it is important for the mission to “serve a greater cause,” in this case a $ 200 million fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Netflix’s interest in the groundbreaking SpaceX mission reflects a growing fascination with so-called “space tourism” services that promise to improve access to space, although in most cases you will need a lot of money to make it happen.
Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are two companies that plan to roll out space tourism services in the next year or two after the recent test flights that blew up their billionaire owners. But the space experiences of these two companies are suborbital, only lasting a few minutes, and reaching the Kármán Line only 100 kilometers in altitude. SpaceX’s offering, meanwhile, is a far more ambitious endeavor that will send passengers into low-earth orbit with its time-tested two-stage Falcon 9 rocket. It should be quite a show.
If you’re not signed into Netflix but want to watch Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space, this Digital Trends article breaks down the streaming levels currently available. And don’t forget, it’s possible to sign up for a single month (lowest price $ 9), see lots of things, and then leave (this is how you can cancel).