- . SpaceX made history by launching four civilians into space under the Inspiration4 mission on Wednesday night
- . These four non-professional astronauts are traveling to an altitude of 357 miles(575 kilometers) above the surface of the Earth
- . This private flight will encircle the earth for three days
Elon Musk owned American Aerospace Company SpaceX made history when it launched the four civilians into space under the Inspiration4 mission on Wednesday night. This is the first time in history four non-professionals with minimal training are traveling to space.
These four non-professional astronauts are traveling to an altitude of 357 miles(575 kilometers) above the surface of the Earth which is more distant and far deeper than the International Space Station(ISS). This private flight will encircle the earth for three days.
The historical trip has garnered a lot of attention across the world, as it will mark a new era in human spaceflight for civilians, rather than just government-sponsored astronauts.
The crew of four consists of Jared Issacman, the 38-year-old Billionaire who sponsored the trip. He is the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of payment processor Shift4 Payments Inc, and also the mission commander of the spaceflight. He is joined by Hayley Arceneaux, a 29-year-old pediatric cancer survivor who works as a physician assistant. She is also the first person to fly to space with a prosthetic device: She lives with a rod implanted in her left leg as part of her treatment for bone cancer.
Chris Sembroski, a US Air Force veteran who currently serves as an aerospace data engineer for Lockheed Martin in Seattle is also part of the crew. The last member of the crew is Sian Proctor, a 51-year-old geoscientist in Phoenix who was almost chosen by NASA to become an astronaut in 2009.
All four members were thoroughly examined by SpaceX who deemed them fit for taking the flight. The crew members were trained for about nine months. They learned about the Dragon’s systems, how to take charge if human intervention is required, and other methods such as practicing in a centrifuge to withstand high-gravity forces. They also practiced taking flying sessions in former military-owned fighter jets to understand the G-forces, which are now owned by Issacman.
The trip will serve as a proof-of-concept demonstration flight, raising $200 million as charity funds for childhood cancer research.