KENNEDY SPACE CENTER – For the first time ever, fully civilian human spaceflight will take place in a SpaceX mission named Inspiration4.
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- None of the four crew members are professional astronauts
- The 24-hour launch window is expected to open at 8 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 15.
- They will orbit Earth for three days before returning to a ditching off the coast of Florida
The Inspiration4 mission is made up of:
- Mission Commander: Jared Isaacman, CEO of Shift4 Payments and accomplished pilot
- Mission pilot: Dr Sian Proctor, geoscientist and science communication specialist with a pilot license
- Mission Specialist: Chris Sembroski, who works at Lockheed Martin and US Airforce veteran
- Doctor: Hayley Arceneaux, a cancer survivor who works at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as a medical assistant
Our crew are continuing with final preparations for the launch and the teams are aiming for no earlier than 8 p.m. ET on September 15 for take-off from # Inspiration4.
SpaceX and Inspiration4 will reduce the launch window to five hours approximately three days before takeoff. pic.twitter.com/l6zmkGk6Zo
– Inspiration4 (@ inspiration4x) September 10, 2021
Some crew members represent a pillar of the mission:
- Proctor represents prosperity
- Sembroski represents generosity
- Arceneaux embodies hope
What makes this civilian mission so unique is that none of the four crew members are professional astronauts or associated with a government space agency.
Since March of this year, the four crew members have spent months training for this mission.
The purpose of Inspiration4 is to inspire others in the hope of raising awareness and donating to St. Jude, according to the mission manifesto.
The 24-hour launch window is scheduled to open at 8 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 15, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center.
The four civilians will be aboard SpaceX’s Dragon capsule as the Falcon 9 rocket takes them to the afterlife for a three-day mission that will orbit Earth.
Falcon 9 and Vertical Dragon on Historic Launch Complex 39A prior to launch @ Inspiration4x pic.twitter.com/Q3iFSFXQmK
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 12, 2021
Once the crew completes conducting “experiments designed to expand our knowledge of the universe,” according to Inspiration4’s mission statement, the Dragon will return to Earth and crash off the waters of Florida. in the Atlantic Ocean.
The 45th Weather Squadron gave a 70% chance of favorable weather conditions for launch day.