SpaceX’s Inspiration4 private all-civilian orbital mission: Live updates


One week from launch!

Alright let’s go to space @rookisaacman 🚀 8, 2021

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SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission, the world’s 1st private all-civilian spaceflight, is now one week away from a planned Sept. 15 launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The mission, financed by Shift4 entrepreneur and billionaire Jared Isaacman, will launch him and three others on a three-day orbital mission on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and the Crew Dragon Resilience. Isaacman will be joined by geoscientist Sian Proctor as pilot; and bone cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux and data engineer Chris Sembroski as mission specialists. Arceneaux, who works with St. Jude Children’s Hospital, was selected for the flight, with Proctor and Sembroski nabbing their seats as part of an online contest. 

“Alright, let’s go to space, @rookisaacman,” Arceneaux wrote on Twitter Tuesday (Sept. 7) while sharing a photo of herself and Isaacman boarding a plane. 

The four astronauts-to-be have spent the last few months training to fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Resilience, which launched NASA’s Crew-1 astronauts to the International Space Station in 2020. But the Inspiration4 mission will not visit the station. Instead, it will orbit the Earth and has a huge glass dome in place of its docking port to offer stunning views to the Dragon crew.

Inspiration4 is GO for launch

(Image credit: Inspiration4)

SpaceX and the Inspiration4 team completed a flight readiness review on Thursday (Sept. 2) and declared the mission “go” for launch on Sept. 15. The exact liftoff time will be determined just a few days before launch. Read the full story.

With just over one week to go until the Inspiration4 launch, we’ll be posting daily updates on the countdown, launch and splashdown here throughout the mission. If you’re looking for more information on the the Inspiration4 mission, check out our Inspiration4 reference page here. 

Our gallery here has the latest Inspiration4 mission photos. You can even watch a new documentary on Netflix to learn more about the flight.


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