The Inspiration4 crew in front of their Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon spacecraft before a launch rehearsal on Sunday night. From left to right: Chris Sembroski, Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux and Sian Proctor. Credit: Inspiration4 / John Kraus
For the first time in history, an all-private civilian crew is set to launch into orbit. Called Inspiration4, four non-professional astronauts are expected to spend three days circling Earth in a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft.
Liftoff atop a Falcon 9 rocket is currently scheduled to occur during a five-hour window that opens at 8:02 p.m. EDT Sept. 15 (00:02 UTC Sept. 16), 2021, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The weather is expected to have an 80% chance of acceptable conditions, however, that doesn’t take into account the various potential abort zones up the East Coast of the United States all the way to Ireland.
It is was organized by 38-year-old billionaire and entrepreneur Jared Isaacman, who is also a highly-capable jet warbird aircraft pilot. When he found out from SpaceX he could be the first to fly an all-commercial mission in Crew Dragon, he fronted $100 million to $200 million required and partnered with St Jude ...