After months of publicity, NFT auctions and Netflix documentaries, it’s finally here: a four-person crew of Inspiration 4 will go into space today (weather permitting).
What makes this launch different from any of its predecessors? None of the four people aboard the plane are astronauts. This mission marks the first time that all civilian crew have flown into space. Let’s meet them:
- Billionaire Jared Isaacman, 38, whose fortune comes from payment processing company Shift4Payments, was revealed last summer. He is the mission commander.
- Sion Proctor, Professor of Community College with a PhD in Science Education. Procter was among the 47 finalists selected by NASA for the 2009 astronaut class, although he was not one of the nine selected to join the agency. She will be the pilot of Inspiration 4, the first black woman to pilot a spacecraft. She is 51.
- Haley Arsenaux, a 29-year-old physician assistant in St. Petersburg. Survived Juds Research Hospital and Childhood Cancer. He will be the crew’s health officer.
- Christopher Sembrowski, Lockheed Martin’s data engineer, was also someone else’s former camp counselor besides Space Camp. The 42-year-old will work as a mission expert.
The Crew SpaceX crew will orbit inside the Dragon Capsule, which will be launched from the Falcon 9 rocket. They will spend three days flying around the earth before flooding the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida.
SpaceX’s YouTube channel is hosting a live launch webcast starting at 3:45 PM EST, which will open a five-hour launch window. 8:02 PM EST. As of Sunday, Inspiration 4 said weather conditions at the Kennedy Space Center seemed 70% favorable. The back-up launch window will also open at the same time the next day.