Crew Dragon is scheduled to send four “everyday people” into space off the Florida coast in a milestone event on Wednesday.
Hot on the rocket-fueled-heels of the billionaire space race, four “everyday people” are set to make space history when they bundled up in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule and go for a three-day joyride around our planet. The Inspiration4 mission, which doubles as a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, is set to launch as early as Wednesday, and you can watch it live right here.
SpaceX will livestream the event. The five-hour launch window opens at 5:02 p.m. PT/8:02 p.m. ET.
“The latest forecast from the US Space Force’s 45th Weather Squadron predicts a 70% chance of favorable conditions for liftoff at the launch complex,” Inspiration4 said in a statement on Sunday. The video broadcast, from SpaceX, is scheduled to begin at 12:45 p.m. PT and can be found below.
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.
Meet the Inspiration4 Crew
Billionaire Shift4 Payments founder Jared Isaacman is the commander of the mission, and he is also funding it. Isaacman is an experienced aircraft pilot. He was a member of the Black Diamond Jet Team, a civilian aerobatic team, and has flown in over 100 air shows. That pilot training gave him a solid foundation for learning the ropes of the Dragon spacecraft.
Childhood cancer survivor Hayley Arsinaux, aerospace industry professional Chris Sambrowski and geoscientist Sean Proctor make up the rest of the team. Arecenaux was treated at St. Jude and now works at the hospital as a physician assistant.
Sambrowski was once a US Space Camp counselor, and also served in the US Air Force. Proctor has experience as an “analog astronaut” participating in simulated space missions to Earth. He’ll have a chance to have “real astronauts” on his resume.
During the flight the crew will conduct health research experiments, 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.
inspiration 4 on netflix
It may be one of the most well documented crewed space missions of all time. Netflix is running the countdown: Inspiration4’s mission to space documentary crew from launch to landing. Three episodes are already available on the streaming service, with more to come. It is expected that Netflix can also live stream this event on its YouTube page.
Since Inspiration 4 will not be docking with the ISS, SpaceX has ejected insteadWhich provides spectacular views of the earth. But first they have to get into orbit from a very powerful rocket with lift.