The Crew Dragon orbital mission is doubling as a massive fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Four “everyday people” are ready to make space history by strapping in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule and for a three-day joyride around our planet. And it is for a good reason. The Inspiration 4 mission is scheduled to launch early Wednesday, 15 September.
SpaceX will livestream the event, with more details coming closer to launch day. SpaceX limited its initial launch time to before 5 p.m. PT on Wednesday. SpaceX and Inspiration4 will limit the window to five hours within a few days of launch.
The spacecraft will descend from this rock with the help of a Falcon 9 rocket originating from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It will be a similar process to how SpaceX launched NASA astronauts, but the Inspire 4 will not travel to the International Space Station.
Inspire 4 is billed as “the world’s first all-civilian mission in orbit”. The crew will fly much higher and longer than Amazon founder Jeff Bezos or Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson.
Billionaire Shift4 Payments founder Jared Isaacman is the commander of the mission, and he is also funding it. Isaacman is an experienced aircraft pilot. Childhood cancer survivor Hayley Arsinaux, aerospace industry professional Chris Sambrowski and geoscientist Sean Proctor make up the rest of the team.
The crew will conduct health research experiments during the flight, but the mission will also raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which specializes in the treatment of childhood cancer. The spacecraft’s payload included mission jackets, a guitar,From a variety of artists, plush toys and other items that will be auctioned off as a fundraiser. The Samuel Adams Brewery has committed up to $100,000 in exchange for 66 pounds of space-flight hops to make a specialty beer to St.
It may be one of the most well documented crewed space missions of all time. Netflix is running the countdown: from launch to landing of the Inspiration 4 mission to space documentary crew. Two episodes are already available on the streaming service, with more to come.
Since Inspiration 4 won’t be docking with the ISS, SpaceX has pulled out insteadWhich provides spectacular views of the earth. But first they have to get into orbit from a very powerful rocket with lift.