SpaceX launches Inspiration4

16. 9. 2021 0 By Space Seeker

SpaceX launched the first all-private orbital mission from LC 39-A. Crew Dragon Resilience with Booster 1062 launched at 8:02 PM EDT on September 15. In orbit as high as 590km (new record for Dragon) the crew will stay in space for a 3 three-day mission. The flight is part of a large fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, a pediatric cancer hospital. Because this mission is not heading to the ISS, the docking port isn’t necessary so SpaceX replaced it with a large glass dome for the crew to view Earth from.

Inspiration4 crew:

  • Jared Isaacman – CEO of the online payment company Shift4 Payments.
  • Hayley Arceneaux – a survivor of childhood cancer. She now works at St. Jude’s – the same hospital she received cancer treatment from.
  • Dr. Sian Proctor – a finalist in NASA’s 2009 astronaut selection. Dr. Proctor is currently a professor of geoscience at South Mountain Community College in Arizona.
  • Chris Sembroski – served in the US Air Force, servicing and maintaining ICBMs. He currently works as an engineer at Lockheed Martin.
Photo by John Kraus