Elon Musk and his space tech company SpaceX are playing catch-up ever since Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin launched tourists into space in July this year. It finally seems like Musk is finally catching up as his SpaceX is all set to launch the first all civilian spaceflight on the 15th of September and the mission is being called ‘Inspiration4’.
(The crew (L-R) Chris Sembroski, Sian Proctor, Jared Isaacman and Hayley Arceneaux)
The historic spaceflight has received a nod from the concerned agencies and will now launch on the stipulated date of 15 September from SpaceX’s rocket Falcon 9. Informing the same, the Inspiration4 mission’s team tweeted, “Inspiration4 and @SpaceX have completed our flight readiness review and remain on track for launch!”
(SpaceX’s Falcom 9 rocket)
The Falcon 9 rocket will lift off with the Crew Dragon capsule from Nasa’s Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida and head on a three-day journey around Earth with four civilian passengers aboard the capsule led by Billionaire Jared Issacman, the 38-year-old founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments. He is a trained pilot and is rated to fly commercial and military aircraft and has 6000 hours of flying experience. Joining him are physician assistant Hayley Arceneaux, data engineer Chris Sembroski, and geoscientist and science communication specialist Sian Proctor.
The mission is a charity mission and is named ‘Inspiration4’ to commemorate the four-person crew and their associated “pillars” of support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: leadership, hope, generosity and prosperity.
The crew will be in the low earth orbit for a total of 3 days and will continuously rotate around the around at 17,000 kmph.
Hayley Arceneaux will become the first person with a prosthetic body part to go to space and along with that, she will also be the youngest American to go to space.
The whole mission aims to raise US$200 Million for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a pediatric cancer research hospital that does not charge the families of children for their treatment.