This past Wednesday, SpaceX successfully launched its Inspiration4 spacecraft, which carried an all-civilian crew into orbit from NASA’s facilities in Florida. There will be no professional astronauts on board, making this the first private trip to space by Elon Musk’s business.
Jared Isaacman, Sian Proctor, Hayley Arceneaux and Chris Sembroski are the members of Inspiration4. As part of the spaceflight’s mission to raise $200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Isaacman paid an unknown sum for the journey.
After launching on Wednesday evening, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spaceship successfully carried the Inspiration4 crew into orbit.
Elon Musk’s business has achieved a number of firsts with this launch, including:
- First all-volunteer crew to enter space.
- First A black female astronaut pilot has been selected to go in orbit.
- NASA’s youngest-ever astronaut
- First private spaceflight by SpaceX
President Gwynne Shotwell praised the trip as “paving the path for a future where space is more accessible to those who want to travel” in a statement released by SpaceX. They trusted us to fly them, and we’re really pleased of that,” Shotwell added. The crew and their families are to be thanked on behalf of all SpaceX workers for enabling us to participate in this historic journey.
“Resilience,” the Crew Dragon capsule, is scheduled to splashdown off the coast of Florida after spending three days in orbit with Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Sian Proctor and Chris Sembroski.