“Inspiration4”: SpaceX’s first civil space flight starts on September 15th


The launch date for SpaceX’s first space flight, in which only civilians are on board, is planned for September 15. As an alternative date for the launch in NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the mission named “Inspiration4” provides for September 16. The 24-hour start window begins at 2 p.m. (12 p.m. UTC), the company explains. More precise times should be given three days before the start.

The “Inspiration4” crew consists of Mission Commander Jared Isaacman – who christened the mission “Inspiration4”, Mission Pilot Dr. Sian Proctor, Medical Officer Hayley Arceneaux and Mission Specialist Chris Sembroski. The participants met last Thursday at the SpaceX headquarters in California to inspect the Falcon 9 rocket and the Dragon capsule, among other things.

Jared Isaacman (founder and CEO of the payment provider “Shift4 Payments”) holds a license to fly military and commercial aircraft and has flown over 100 aerobatic shows as a member of the Black Diamond Jet Team. The Black Diamond Jet Team is a civil aerobatic team that uses jet aircraft (L-39 and MiG-17) for its air shows. Hayley Arceneaux has a degree as a Physician Assistant (PA) – the German terms are, for example, medical assistant.

Chris Sembroski works for Lockheed Martin, the US aerospace, defense, defense, information security and technology company. As a consultant, he carried out simulated space shuttle missions, and a friend gave him his place in the “Inspiration4” crew. Dr. Sian Proctor is a geoscientist, her father was involved in the Apollo mission. Proctor has already completed several simulations under space conditions – including the all-female mission “SENSORIA Mission 1”. The SENSORIA program examines, for example, human behavior for future, long-term manned space missions.

The “Inspiration4” crew is undergoing astronaut training from SpaceX. Unlike the successful space flights of the billionaire Richard Branson with his space company Virgin Galactic or Jeff Bezos with his US space company Blue Origin, the crew members of “Inspiration4” are supposed to stay in space for three days. However, it remains to be seen whether they will get the astronaut wings that are coveted in the circles.

To be recognized, it is no longer just necessary to reach a height of 100 kilometers, the crew must also have “undertaken activities that were indispensable for public safety or that contributed to the safety of manned spaceflight”. The FAA announced the changes to the rules just in time for the start of Jeff Bezos’ space flight. Richard Branson did not reach the required altitude with his flight – afterwards it became known that there were quite serious problems during the flight.

The “Inspiration4” mission is intended to represent leadership, hope, generosity and prosperity, the message continues. Accordingly, the 38-year-old Jared Isaacman, whose fortune is estimated at 2.7 billion US dollars, donated the three mission seats next to him. The participants could take part in a competition. The question remains when Elon Musk himself will visit space for the first time – his car is already on its way.


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