The first-ever all-civilian crew to space initiated by SpaceX has been given the green flag to take off next week. The three-day journey around the Earth helmed by civilians will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Announcing the approval in a tweet, Inspiration 4 said, “#Inspiration4 and @SpaceX have completed our flight readiness review and remain on track for launch!” The mission will include 4 private citizens inside the Crew Dragon spacecraft that will set off on September 15. The blastoff will take place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida sometime within a five-hour window to be determined three days before the launch, based on weather conditions.
Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Chris Sembroski, and Dr. Sian Proctor — the four civilians turned astronauts, arrived in the Sunshine State today, to begin flight preparations following months of intense training since the team was announced in March. Their preparation has involved “centrifuge training, Dragon simulations, observations of other SpaceX launch operations, Zero-G plane training, altitude training and additional classroom, simulation, and medical testing,” Inspiration4 said in a press release.
The crew will orbit the Earth for three days before splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean.