SpaceX's first all-civilian mission
SpaceX, run by tech billionaire Elon Musk-run, is all set to launch to orbit its first all-civilian mission 'Inspiration4 on 15 September 2021. Early this year in February, SpaceX announced the charity-driven mission named Inspiration4, which will be commanded by tech entrepreneur Jared Isaacman and will have three others.
- They will orbit the planet aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule every 90 minutes along a customised flight path.
- Upon conclusion of the three-day journey, Dragon will re-enter Earth's atmosphere for a soft water landing off the coast of Florida.
- Inspiration4 will blast off from NASA's Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on 15 September 2021.
- Since the Dragon will not visit the International Space Station, unlike previous Crew Dragon missions, its docking port was removed and replaced with a dome window.
- The window, inspired by the Cupola on the International Space Station, will provide the crew with incredible views of Earth, according to the Inspiration4 team.
- The Inspiration4 mission marks SpaceX's latest private astronaut mission.