Elon Musk and SpaceX have achieved a new milestone: the Inspiration4 mission is now in orbit around the Earth. The first mission to carry an all-civilian crew, with no professional astronauts on board, is now in orbit as planned.
The launch of the Inspiration4 mission was at 8:02:56 PM EDT, as planned.
On 15 September 2021, the crew of Inspiration4 , the world’s first all-civilian human spaceflight mission to orbit, officially inaugurated a new era of space exploration at 8:02:56 PM EDT as SpaceX’s Falcon 9 lifted off from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
Recall that there are four civilians on the crew. Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, and commander of this mission, along with three other crew members: Hayley Arceneaux, a St. Jude physician assistant and cancer survivor; Chris Sembroski, a US Air Force veteran; and Sian Proctor, a geoscientist.
Inspiration4 will orbit the Earth for three days and then re-enter the atmosphere for a landing off the coast of Florida.
Inspiration4 is being monitored every step of the way by SpaceX mission control as the spacecraft orbits the planet every 90 minutes along a customised flight path. The crew is targeting an orbit of approximately 575 km, flying farther than any human since Hubble, for an expected mission duration of approximately three days.
All the technical aspects of the spacecraft and mission, as well as the central goal of this initiative, can be found on the Inspiration4 website. And on the Inspiration4 Twitter account you can follow the progress of the mission and official data being shared as they monitor the spacecraft.