Inspiration4 (Falcon 9)
15 September 2021
Launch Complex 39A
Kennedy Space Center
Inspiration4 SpaceX Falcon 9 launch time exposure as seen from South Beach in Vero Beach.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Inspiration4 mission consisting of four private citizen space travelers aboard a Crew Dragon spacecraft from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center at 8:02 p.m. on 15 September 2021. The mission is commanded by billionaire Jared Isaacman who paid for the approximatly three-day Earth orbital flight. The Crew Dragon spacecraft is expected to splashdown at one of several possible landing sites off the Florida coast.

According to SpaceX, “The Inspiration4 mission is part of Jared’s ambitious fund raising goal [for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital] to give hope to all kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.”

Inspiration4 is commanded by Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments and an accomplished pilot. Joining him are Medical Officer Hayley Arceneaux, a physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and pediatric cancer survivor; Mission Specialist Chris Sembroski, an Air Force veteran and aerospace data engineer; and Mission Pilot Dr. Sian Proctor, a geoscientist, entrepreneur, and trained pilot.

A time exposure shows the entry burn of the first stage booster as it maneuvers for a landing on the Just Read The Instructions droneship located downrange in the Atlantic Ocean.
Details of the Crew Dragon's new cupola observation dome.
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