There’s no doubt that Elon Musk’s SpaceX is winning the space race. The company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft has already given ten astronauts rides to the International Space Station on behalf of NASA. Now, SpaceX is all set to enter the space tourism segment. The space company has announced its new mission called Inspiration4, which will ferry as many as four civilian astronauts into orbit later this week. SpaceX will be joining the likes of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, which have already joined space tourism earlier this year.
SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission will take off on September 15th
The four private astronauts will be launching with SpaceX on the Inspiration4 mission on September 15th. The three-day orbital flight around the Earth will lift off in Crew Dragon spacecraft, riding atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The flight will take off at 5:30am on September 15th from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The astronauts will wrap up the three-day orbital journey with a splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.
SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission all-civilian crew
SpaceX has announced that the Inspiration4 mission will be ferrying four non-professional astronauts into orbit on September 15th. These civilians come from diverse career backgrounds, ranging from science communications to payment systems. The first commercial SpaceX flight to orbit has been chartered by American billionaire Jared Isaacman – the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payment. As of now, there’s no word how much amount he paid for the flight. However, it is expected to run into the tens of millions of dollars.
Joining Jared Isaacman will be geoscientist Sian Proctor, physician assistant Hayley Arceneaux, and Chris Sembroski, who is a data engineer and former US Space Camp counsellor. Notably, the civilian astronauts will be flying further than the orbit of the ISS. The four astronauts spent the last few months training to fly on the Crew Dragon Resilience. They have completed all the medical checkups and have been cleared for the flight.
It’s worth mentioning that Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin sent their crews of citizen astronauts to space and brought them back in a matter of minutes. However, SpaceX is taking it up a notch and will be flying all citizen astronauts for a span of three days, which is impressive.