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Civilians rule: What is Inspiration 4 and why is this space mission going to be historic?

Author : 112.ua News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

CEO, Physician Assistant, Air Force Veteran and Geologist: These people are about to make a historic space flight
17:54, 7 April 2021

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SpaceX has gathered a full team for the Inspiration 4 space mission. The mission will include four people, the last two crew members were introduced at the end of March.

Mission Inspiration 4 is historic as it will be the first fully civilian mission to space.

What is known about the mission?

The I4 mission will use the same Dragon spacecraft called Resilience, which is currently docked to the ISS as part of the Crew-1 mission.

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The ship is due to return to Earth on April 28. The launch of the Crew Dragon as part of the I4 mission will occur no earlier than September 15, 2021.

The crew of four will take off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and go into Earth orbit. The launch is expected to take place from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Presumably, the flight will last three days, and the altitude to which the members of the expedition will rise will be about 540 km.

Upon completion of the mission, Dragon will re-enter Earth's atmosphere to land on water off the coast of Florida.

Mission Crew

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The mission will be led by Jared Isaacman. He is the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, a privately held payment processing company. And it was he who fully paid for the upcoming flight.

Isaacman said his goal is to use the private trip to raise $ 200 million for the St. Jude Children's Hospital, which treats cancer and childhood diseases.

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Hayley Arceneaux, 29, will be the onboard medic. She works as a doctor's assistant in the aforementioned St. Jude Children's Hospital.

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The third member of the team is 41-year-old Chris Sembroski. He works for the Lockheed Martin aerospace group and is a veteran of the United States Air Force. During the mission, he will act as a flight engineer.

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The fourth member of the team will be 51-year-old Sian Proctor. She is an expert in geology and communications. During the mission, she will act as a pilot.

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