The final two crew members for the civilian SpaceX flight commanded by a U.S. billionaire have been named.
Inspiration4 is “the world’s first all-civilian mission to space.”
The flight is commanded by Jared Isaacman. The first crew member named was Hayley Arceneaux. The last two are Christopher Sembroski of Everett, Wash., and Dr. Sian Proctor of Tempe, Ariz.
The crew will be introduced publicly today for the first time from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Isaacman is using the private trip to raise $200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, half coming from his own pockets. SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk expects the flight to last two to four days.
Isaacman’s Inspiration4 “represents the mission pillars” of leadership, hope, prosperity and generosity. Isaacman represents leadership. Arceneaux represents hope.
Proctor, 51, is an entrepreneur, educator and trained pilot. She represents prosperity.
Sembroski, 41, an aerospace industry employee at Lockheed Martin and United States Air Force veteran, “contributed to a special fundraising campaign for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that offered an Inspiration4 seat to a lucky donor after receiving nearly 72,000 entries.” He represents generosity.
Proctor will be the mission pilot and back up Isaacman.
Sembroski will be a mission specialist and help manage payload, science experiments and communications to mission control.
Isaacman, 38, is the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments and is a pilot.
Arceneaux is a physician assistant who works for St. Jude’s in Memphis, Tenn. She also was treated as a child for bone cancer there. She will be the mission medical officer.
“Inspiration4\u2032s goal is to inspire humanity to support St. Jude here on earth while also seeing new possibilities for human spaceflight,” said Isaacman. “Each of these outstanding crew members embodies the best of humanity, and I am humbled to lead them on this historic and purposeful mission and the adventure of a lifetime.”
The crew will receive “commercial astronaut training by SpaceX on the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft – the very same Dragon spacecraft currently attached to the International Space Station supporting the Crew-1 mission.
Once Dragon returns the Crew-1 astronauts back home to Earth, the SpaceX team will inspect and refurbish the spacecraft ahead of the Inspiration4 mission.
Crew member training will include a specific focus on orbital mechanics, operating in microgravity, zero gravity, and other forms of stress testing. The crew will receive emergency preparedness training, spacesuit and spacecraft ingress and egress exercises, as well as partial- and full-mission simulations.”
The mission is being targeted for no earlier than Sept. 15, 2021.
The final two crew members representing the #Inspiration4 mission pillars of Generosity and Prosperity have been named! Stay tuned to meet the full crew today at 10AM ET live on the Inspiration4 YouTube channel! https://t.co/K6Owk59wK9 pic.twitter.com/hSQbsuU6as— Inspiration4 (@inspiration4x) March 30, 2021
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