The first all-civilian crew in history has made it to space. The Inspiration4 crew took off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, commencing the first space mission in human history featuring zero trained astronauts.
The company’s first private mission to orbit was led by a 38-year-old entrepreneur, Jared Isaacman, who bankrolled the entire trip and pledged $100 million towards humanity. Seven minutes after the liftoff, the first stage rocket booster returned to land on SpaceX’s ocean drone ship, while the Falcon-9 rocket continued on its way to space. Crew members consisted of Commander Jared Isaacman, pilot Sian Proctor, medical officer Hayley Arceneaux, and mission specialist Chris Sembroski.
The reusable Falcon rocket was used as the primary flight vehicle, and it soared from the Kennedy Space Center pad. This time, the Dragon capsule aimed for an unusually high altitude of 575 kilometers, just beyond the Hubble Space Telescope’s orbit. The Dragon capsule’s two men and two women spent three days encircling the world before splashing down off the Florida coast this weekend.
This successful flight of Inspiration-4 added SpaceX to the club of companies providing space tourism after Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. However, this sector will remain a club of billionaires, including Isaacman, who said “this is the first step toward a world where everyday people can go and venture among stars.”
While the Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic went with each other debating the boundary from where space began, as they flew on lower earth’s orbit, Elon Musk stood ahead of both, as the automated Crew Dragon with four civilian astronauts were 160 kilometers higher than the International Space Station.