The SpaceX Inspiration4 mission scheduled to launch at 8 pm local time on 15 September from Kennedy Space Center in Florida will have an all-amateur crew.
All the four passengers on the mission will be private individuals and not government-trained space explorers. They will have no professional astronaut experience.
There have been previous missions to space with regular individuals but it has always been in the company of trained professionals.
The four individual passengers on the Inspiration4 Mission will undergo some training to ensure they travel safely. Though it has been short unlike the intensive year-long training undergone by professional astronauts.
Jared Isaacman, a billionaire and pilot who paid for the flight will command the mission. He donated the other two seats to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee. Hayley Arceneaux, a physician assistant at the hospital gets one of these seats and the other goes to Christopher Sembroski, a data engineer and US Air Force veteran who was given his seat by an unnamed friend who won the hospital’s raffle. Sian Proctor, a geology professor and member of the US Air Force Civil Air Patrol will be the final passenger on the flight, he won a competition to be the flight’s pilot.
SpaceX will be using the Crew Dragon capsule used in its Crew-1 mission, their first operational mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in November 2020.Since all spacecraft operations are automated, the crew will have to do nothing much if all goes well. The spaceship will drift in orbit for three days and will return back with a splashback in the Atlantic Ocean.
This might be the start of a new era for space tourism. SpaceX already has plans to use Crew Dragon to launch further amateur trips to orbit in the forthcoming months in collaboration with Axiom and Space Adventures.