SpaceX has announced the launch date of its commercial flight to space which will carry all civilians for the first time in the world marking its first milestone as a commercial space flight company.
The “Inspiration4”, a spaceflight planned for four people will board SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule for a 3-days journey around the orbit and is scheduled to blast off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the 15th of September.
The trajectory of the spaceflight is planned to be a customized flight path, orbiting around the earth every 90 minutes and all this will be monitored by SpaceX’s mission control, and the mission is set is conclude with the Dragon splashing down off the coast of Florida.
The Inspiration4 will have Mission Commander Jared Isaacman, Mission Pilot Dr. Sian Proctor, Medical Officer Hayley Arceneaux, and Mission Specialist Chris Sembroski on board.
Speaking of the Mission Commander Jared, founder, and CEO of shift4 payments is also a jet pilot with several records including two Speed-Around-The-World flights in 2008 and 2009.
And if you have to describe the other crew members, Dr. Proctor is a 51-years old entrepreneur and a trained pilot born in Guam, where her father used to work for NASA tracking station during the Apollo missions.
Arceneaux is a 29-year-old physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, while Sembroski is a 41-year-old aerospace industry employee at Lockheed Martin and a United States Air Force veteran.
Meanwhile, with this mission, SpaceX has set its foot a step ahead of its competitors like Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin or Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and to be on the safe side SpaceX set the backup launch date to be 16th of September.