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Update, July 13: The Falcon 9 has been grounded as officials investigate an upper stage failure on July 11. When it will resume flight and when this mission will take place is unknown. Isaacman expressed confidence in SpaceX and Falcon and said they would launch when the time is right.

Original Entry: The launch of Polaris Dawn is scheduled for no earlier than (NET) July 31, 2024.

The Polaris Program is a series of three commercial space missions paid for by billionaire Jared Isaacman, who also funded the Inspiration4 mission in 2021. That and the Polaris series are private astronaut missions using SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and, for the third Polaris flight, Starship, on its first trip to orbit with a crew.

Polaris Dawn will take the four-person private astronaut crew, led by Isaacman, to a higher altitude than any prior Earth-orbiting human spaceflight mission.

In a recent interview with CNBC’s Michael Sheetz, Isaacman said they will initially go into an elliptical orbit 190 x 1200 km, then boost the aopgee to 1400 km all within the first 24 hours of the 5-day mission. By day 3 they will have lowered the apogee to 700 km where Isaacman and Anna Menon will perform the first commercial spacewalk using SpaceX spacesuits.  Crew Dragon does not have an airlock, so the entire spacecraft will have to be depressurized (like the earliest spacewalks) and all four crew will be in spacesuits capable of protecting them from the vacuum of space.



July 31
8:00 am - 11:00 pm