SpaceX is due to launch its first ever all-civilian mission this week, named Inspiration4.The private mission was purchased by Jared Isaacman, the billionaire founder of Shift4 Payments.He will be joined on the flight by physician assistant Hayley Arceneaux, science communicator Sian Proctor and engineer Chris Sembroski.
The group have spent months being trained for the trip by SpaceX employees, learning about everything from orbital mechanics to operating in microgravity. The SpaceX rocket will take off from Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
When is the Inspiration4 launch?
SpaceX said the new timings “will allow additional time for final preparations, vehicle checkouts and data reviews”.
There is a five-hour launch window, meaning the rocket could take off any time between 1.02am and 6.02am.
How can I watch live?
The launch will be streamed live on SpaceX’s YouTube channel, with the stream starting at 8.45pm UK time on Wednesday. You can also watch it right here on this page or contact us if you have any challenges watching the video. Worthy to note is that we develop news responsive websites, Android and IOS applications also.
What is the purpose of the mission?
The crew will spend three days in Earth’s orbit, with the team carrying out research experiments, before landing in the ocean. The flight will also raise money for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which specialises in treating childhood cancer, by auctioning off various items. Ms Arceneaux is herself a childhood cancer survivor. The crew will be in a Dragon spacecraft, powered by a Falcon 9 rocket. Isaacman is funding the entire mission himself