September 28, 2021

Inspiration4, SpaceX’s first private astronaut mission, is set to launch in less than a month

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SpaceX will break records with Inspiration4 — the globe’s first all-civilian spaceflight — in less than a month, and the mission’s crew is thrilled. Four people will be astronauts on September 15 when they board the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule then blast off from Earth. The crew will create history on their Inspiration4 journey, which would be the first crewed spacecraft to sail around Earth without expert astronauts on board, headed by Jared Isaacman, a rich investor from New Jersey (who also funded the flight). And, since being chosen early this year, the crew has been working hard preparing for this moment, which is only a few weeks away.

In a recent interview with Space.com, crewmember Hayley Arcenaux said, “I could not have been more excited.” Inspiration4 will be piloted by Isaacman, who will be joined by Arcenaux, a 29-year-old St. Jude physician’s assistant as well as childhood bone cancer hero from Louisiana; Chris Sembroski, a data engineer who hails from North Carolina; and geoscientist, artist and science communicator, Sian Proctor, who has also lectured at the South Mountain Community College situated in Arizona.

Isaacman uses his flight to the moon and back to raise money and publicity for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. These future astronauts are impatient.

Isaacman earlier told Space.com, “I’ve been incredibly lucky in life.” “You don’t get to a situation like the one I’m in without the ball rebounding your way a few times,” he explained. “These families were dealt terrible cards [at St. Jude]. They’re going through something that no one should have to go through in their lives. It’s a huge source of sadness, and the terrible part is that many of those children will never have the opportunities that I’ve had in life. All we have to do now is take action.”

The future astronauts will be launched into orbit aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, orbit Earth for three days, and then splash back on Earth. They have been preparing for months to do so, including a trip early on to work on crew cohesion with the group walk up Mount Rainier in Washington, and they’ve continued to push forward since then.

“Knowing the nominal perspective of the operation and the ins as well as outs of our spacecraft,” Arcenaux, the mission’s medical officer, continued, “a huge amount of it has been the academics and researching on our own.” On top of that, we’ve completed the standard astronaut training, including water survival training, centrifuge training, and the hyperbaric chamber.”

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