Two days ago, SpaceX announced the launch time of Inspiration4, setting the scene for the first all-civilian mission.
The launch is to commence on 8pm Wednesday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Though, this might change as stated in their announcement. A second launch date has been scheduled on September 6th.
Our crew is continuing final preparations for launch and teams are targeting no earlier than 8:00 p.m. ET on September 15 for liftoff of #Inspiration4.
SpaceX and Inspiration4 will narrow down the launch window to five hours approximately three days before liftoff. pic.twitter.com/l6zmkGk6Zo
— Inspiration4 (@inspiration4x) September 10, 2021
The lucky individuals chosen for the exciting multi-day mission are Jared Isaacman, Dr. Sian Proctor, Hayley Arceneaux, and Chris Sembroski.
Jared Isaacman, who is the Mission Commander, is the CEO of Shift4 and a pilot who holds two world records in the Speed-Around-the-World back in 2007 and 2008. He is also a part of the Black Diamond Jet team where he flew in over 100 airshows, and co-founded Draken International, the largest private air force that trains future pilots for the United States Armed Forces.
Dr. Sian Proctor, the Mission Pilot, is an educator, trained pilot, and entrepreneur from Guam. Her father worked for NASA at the tracking station through the Apollo missions.
After winning the battle of bone cancer when she was ten, Hayley Arceneaux, the Medical Officer for the mission, is a physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital the same hospital she was treated in.
Chris Sembroski is an aerospace employee at Lockheed Martin and is a United Space Air Force Veteran. He is the Mission Specialist.
According to Fox 35, they will conduct experiments that are geared toward health and the effect space has on the human body overtime. They will conduct and participate in three tests while on board. The tests will gather blood samples, cognitive tests, inflammation, and any other changes to the body. They will also be testing a controlled ultrasound that will eventually be used at home by the average person.
Jimmy Wu, a professor at the Center for Space Medicine at Baylor, said that his collogues will be the ones to retrieve this data to further study health conditions like diabetes, and heart disease.
“It is not a safe environment for life and so there are things that happen to the body that we have been understanding for the last 60 years,” and, ”A lot of the technology we are working on is about, in the end, about giving [the average person the ability] to manage their own health and to be able to do it without necessarily depending on all the burdens we have of our current healthcare system and going to the doctor and wait times associated with that.”
The mission will also help raise money to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.