Elon Musk is at it again today marking history as SpaceX launches the world’s first all-civilian human spaceflight to orbit. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 successfully launched the Inspiration4 mission from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The civilian crew of 4 are setting course on a 3 day journey and us viewers from earth are able to track their journey as they proceed on the SpaceX website.
The commander of the ship is Jared Isaacman. He is the CEO and founder of Shift4 Payments. Luckily for the team he is also an accomplished pilot and adventurer. Jared will be joined by three other civilians. The Medical Officer is Hayley Arceneaux, a physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. Mission Specialists Chris Sembroski is an Air Force veteran and aerospace data engineer. The fourth crew member is Mission Pilot Dr. Sian Proctor. He is a geoscientist, entrepreneur, and trained pilot.
Together, the all-private civilian crew of four made history alongside SpaceX when they successfully launched Inspiration4 into low-earth orbit. NASA currently holds contracts with SpaceX and Boeing regarding commercial low-earth orbital flight. A spokesperson for NASA mentioned SpaceX paying NASA for what is deemed limited support for Inspiration4 mission an estimate $1 million.
Th mission of SpaceX Inspiration4 is two fold. The first mission is to raise $200 million for St. Jude’s Hospital for kids with cancer. Visit the link to learn how you can help the Inspiration4 crew reach their $200M fundraising goal. The second goal is to study humans in space through scientific research that is designed to advance human health on earth.