Watch SpaceX's Inspiration4 launch: Livestream

Livestream the launch of the first ever space mission undertaken by an all civilian crew

Crew of Inspiration4
Published: September 15, 2021 at 12:52 pm

SpaceX's Inspiration4 mission –the first space mission with an all-civilian crew – is set to launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 00:02UT on 16 September.

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In a watershed moment for civilian spaceflight, the Inspiration4 mission will launch a Crew Dragon capsule operated by four astronauts on a three day orbital mission.

The mission is commanded by Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments who is also a qualified pilot. He will be joined by medical officer Hayley Arceneaux from St Jude Children's Research Hospital and a paediatric cancer survivor; mission specialist Chris Sembroski, an Air Force veteran and aerospace data engineer; and mission pilot Sian Proctor, a geoscientist and trained pilot.

While in orbit, the crew will be performing several experiments to test the effects of spaceflight on the human body, as well as raising money for St Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Live stream the launch here.

Authors

Ezzy Pearson is the News Editor of BBC Sky at Night Magazine. Her first book about the history of robotic planetary landers is out now from The History Press.

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