SpaceX’s First Private Crewed Mission Heads to Orbit

Posted on 09/16/2021

The first all-civilian mission to orbit Earth on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft took to space.

Inspiration4 is commanded by Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments and an accomplished pilot and adventurer. 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.

“I’m very bullish on the tourism market and the tourism activity,” Phil McAlister, NASA’s director of commercial spaceflight development, said during a news conference in May 2021.

In 2019, the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan made an investment in SpaceX.

Image Credit: SpaceX

Keywords: Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX).

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