Inspiration4: What we know so far about SpaceX’s first “all civil” space mission


On September 15, billionaire Jared Isaacman and his crew would leave Earth in the first manned space mission to orbit without professional astronauts aboard the SpaceX Dragon-Csule.

The mission, dubbed “Inspiration4”, will lift off from NASA pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a three-day trip around the world.

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On September 15, billionaire Jared Isaacman and his crew would leave Earth in the first manned space mission to orbit without professional astronauts aboard the SpaceX Dragon-Csule.

The mission, dubbed “Inspiration4”, will lift off from NASA pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a three-day trip around the world.

art by Issacman, the founder of Shift4 Payments, the mission will have three civilians.

As none of the four participants had any prior formal astronaut training, the flight was described as the first “all civilian” space mission

Prior to Elon Musk’s Space X, two other billionaires – Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin – sent civilians on suborbital flights that lasted just minutes.

With the space race seeming high on the billionaires’ agenda, let’s see what we know so far about the mission and the crew members.

‘Inspiration4’ mission

Inspiration4 is a private mission chartered by Jared Isaacman, the billionaire and founder of Shift4 Payments. He is supported by Hayley Arceneaux, Sian Proctor and Chris Sembroski.

“The Inspiration4 crew will be traveling on a multi-day trip over a low earth orbit that will continuously eclipse more than 90 percent of the world’s population,” the company said in a statement.

However, the main purpose of Inspiration4 is to raise awareness and resources for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and to usher in “a new era for human spaceflight and exploration”.

As part of the Inspiration4 mission, Isaacman aims to raise more than $ 200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a pediatric cancer research hospital that does not charge children’s families for their treatment. Isaacman pledged $ 100 million out of pocket.

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Team members

Jared Isaacman is a 38-year-old billionaire who dropped out of high school at the age of 16 and then started a payment technology company. He is an accomplished jet pilot and licensed to fly commercial and military aircraft. In 2011 Isaacman co-founded Draken International to train pilots for the US armed forces.

Hayley Arceneaux is a doctor and works at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She will serve as the medical officer for the flight.

Sian Proctor is a geology professor, science communicator, and commercial astronaut. Her father worked at the NASA tracking station during the Ollo missions. She is an analog astronaut (a person who performs activities in simulated space conditions). She will be the pilot of the Inspiration4 mission.

Chris Sembroski is a 38-year-old data engineer and Air Force veteran. As a US Space Counselor, he conducted simulated space shuttle missions and then served in the US Air Force, where he maintained a fleet of ICBMs before retiring from active service in 2007. Sembroski holds a BS in Professional Aeronautics.

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Spacecraft

The mission will use the Crew Dragon Resilience Csule. This will be the second flight of the spacecraft that first flew on the SpaceX Crew-1 mission, landing in the Gulf of Mexico on May 2, 2021.

SpaceX has also installed a custom camera in the retractable nose cone that covers the dome, which in orbit will be able to take pictures of the four astronauts, Earth, space and the stars.

Purpose of the mission

During the three days the crew will try to find out how space affects the human body. The crew flies at 17,000 kilometers per hour and will work with SpaceX, the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine, and investigators from Weill Cornell Medicine.

Isaacman said, “The Inspiration4 crew is committed to using our mission to create a better future for those who will hit the market in the years and decades to come.”

“We are proud that our flight will help influence all those who will travel to us and look forward to seeing how this mission will help them start a new era in space exploration,” he added .

SpaceX will also collect environmental and biomedical data, as well as biological samples such as blood from the crew before, during and after the mission, which will be studied for future crew missions that SpaceX has in the pipeline.

The company already plans to launch to Mars in the future, which will require a lot of human research.

(With contributions from agencies)

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