Inspiration4

Summary

Inspiration4
Crew Dragon Resilience Crew-1.jpg
Resilience at the Kennedy Space Center
Mission typeSpace tourism
Operator
Mission duration3 days (planned)
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftResilience[1]
ManufacturerSpaceX
Launch mass12,519 kg (27,600 lb)
Landing mass9,616 kg (21,200 lb)
Crew
Members
Start of mission
Launch date15 September 2021 (planned) [2]
RocketFalcon 9 Block 5 (B10xx.x)
Launch siteKennedy Space Center, LC-39A
ContractorSpaceX
End of mission
Landing date18 September 2021 (planned)
Landing siteAtlantic Ocean
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit (planned) [3]
RegimeLow Earth orbit
Perigee altitude540 km (340 mi)
Apogee altitude540 km (340 mi)
Inclination51.6°
Period90.0 minutes
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Isaacman's insignia for the mission
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The crew: Jared Isaacman, Sian Proctor, Hayley Arceneaux and Christopher Sembroski 

Inspiration4 is a planned SpaceX Crew Dragon mission to low Earth orbit operated by SpaceX on behalf of Jared Isaacman. The flight is scheduled to launch on 15 September 2021.[3] With four crew members aboard Crew Dragon Resilience,[4][5] Inspiration4 will be the first crewed space mission to orbit Earth with only private citizens on board,[6][7][8] and the first crewed orbital mission whose primary objective is not to visit a space station since STS-125.

Background

On 1 February 2021, SpaceX announced plans to launch Inspiration4 during the 4th quarter of 2021.[9] It is scheduled for 15 September 2021.[3]

Crew

The four crew members have been selected based on four different attributes. As an experienced pilot, including qualification in multiple military jets,[10][11] and as the financial backer for the flight, Jared Isaacman will also be the flight's commander (Leadership). Isaacman purchased two other seats for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. One seat will be filled by Hayley Arceneaux (Hope), 29 years, a St. Jude employee and former bone cancer patient, now a physician assistant at St. Jude Hospital.[12] The other is Christopher Sembroski (Generosity), who donated and participated in the raffle as part of an attempt to raise US$200 million for the hospital.[13] Sembroski's raffle ticket was not selected[14] but an unnamed friend of his, who was initially selected to fly but declined for personal reasons, gave his seat to Sembroski.[15] The fourth crew member, Sian Proctor (Prosperity), is an entrepreneur who was selected using a format similar to the reality television series Shark Tank.[4] The panel of judges included Marc Benioff, Stephanie Mehta, Mark Rober, and Jon Taffer.[16]

Isaacman and all crew members will undergo commercial astronaut training by SpaceX,[4] including orbital mechanics, operating in microgravity and zero gravity environments, stress testing, emergency preparedness training, mission simulations, and learning about the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft.[17]

Prime crew

Position Astronaut
Spacecraft Commander (Leadership) United States Jared Isaacman[13]
First spaceflight
Pilot (Prosperity) United States Sian Proctor[2]
First spaceflight
Chief Medical Officer (Hope) United States Hayley Arceneaux[12]
First spaceflight
Mission Specialist (Generosity) United States Christopher Sembroski[2]
First spaceflight

Spacecraft

The mission will use the Crew Dragon Resilience capsule. This will be the second flight of the spacecraft, which first flew as part of the SpaceX Crew-1 mission and splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico on 2 May 2021.[4][5] The capsule docking adapter, which is normally used to dock with the International Space Station, will be replaced for this mission by an acrylic window, providing views of space and the Earth.[18]

Mission

The mission is expected to launch in September 2021 atop a Falcon 9 Block 5 launch vehicle from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A). Following three days in orbit, the spacecraft will return to Earth via splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.[9] The apogee will be 540 km and the inclination will be 51.6°.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ With missions Inspiration 4 and SpaceX Crew-3 scheduled to use the same vehicle around the same time, the actual mission using Resilience is still to be determined
  2. ^ a b c Sheetz, Michael (30 March 2021). "Meet the full crew of the Inspiration4 mission flying with SpaceX in September". CNBC. Archived from the original on 31 March 2021. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d Meet The First All-Civilian Space Crew | Inspiration4 Livestream, retrieved 30 March 2021
  4. ^ a b c d Chang, Kenneth (1 February 2021). "To Get on This SpaceX Flight, You Don't Have to Be Rich, Just Lucky". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 1 February 2021. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  5. ^ a b Berger, Eric (1 February 2021). "SpaceX announces first "free flyer" human spaceflight". Ars Technica. Archived from the original on 1 February 2021. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  6. ^ Davenport, Christian (25 February 2021). "As private companies erode government's hold on space travel, NASA looks to open a new frontier". The Washington Post. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  7. ^ Chow, Denise (1 February 2021). "SpaceX announces first mission to space with all-civilian crew". NBC News. Archived from the original on 1 February 2021. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  8. ^ Burghardt, Thomas (1 February 2021). "SpaceX announces Inspiration4, all-civilian space mission in support of St Jude's Hospital". NASASpaceFlight.com. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  9. ^ a b "SpaceX to Launch Inspiration4 Mission to Orbit". SpaceX. 1 February 2021. Archived from the original on 1 February 2021. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  10. ^ Segran, Elizabeth (13 April 2015). "Meet The Fighter-Jet-Flying 32-Year-Old On Top Of The Payments Industry". Fast Company. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  11. ^ Tognini, Giacomo (7 October 2020). "Meet The New Billionaire Who Dropped Out of High School and Flies Fighter Jets for Fun". Forbes. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  12. ^ a b Dunn, Marcia (22 February 2021). "Bone cancer survivor to join billionaire on SpaceX flight". AP NEWS. Archived from the original on 22 February 2021. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  13. ^ a b Leinfelder, Andrea (1 February 2021). "SpaceX, tech entrepreneur Jared Isaacman invite the public to apply for ride into space". Houston Chronicle. Archived from the original on 1 February 2021. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  14. ^ "SPACEX REVEALS CIVILIAN PASSENGERS FOR TRIP INTO SPACE THIS YEAR". independent.co.uk. 2 April 2021. Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  15. ^ Muhlstein, Julie (18 April 2021). "Everett's own spaceman thrilled to join all-civilian mission". The Everett Herald. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  16. ^ Bianco, Brian (24 February 2021). "Inspiration4 Reveals Panel of Influential Judges to Select Entrepreneur to Join First All-Civilian Mission to Space". businesswire.com. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  17. ^ Stimac, Valerie (1 February 2021). "SpaceX Announces First All-Civilian Mission To Space, Inspiration4". Forbes. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  18. ^ Meet The First All-Civilian Space Crew|Inspiration4 Livestream

External links

  • Official website: Inspiration4.com