Inspiration4, the world’s first all-civilian mission to orbit with no professional astronauts on board is set to be launched on September 15, 2021, announced SpaceX on September 3, 2021. The mission will be launched on the Falcon 9 rocket of SpaceX inside of a Dragon spacecraft from the Kennedy Space Centre of NASA in Florida in the US. The mission will take a group of four private citizens into space for three days.
The four Inspiration4 crew members were selected to support four different aims of the sponsor and to exhibit four particular attributes: leadership, hope, generosity and prosperity.
All four seats on the spacecraft have been purchased by US billionaire Jared Isaacman, founder of the fintech company Shift4 Payments. This is a part of an effort to raise millions for the Tennessee-based St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a paediatric treatment and research facility that focuses on children’s catastrophic diseases, particularly leukaemia and other cancers.
By some estimates, the global sub-orbital transportation and space tourism market is expected to blossom into a $2.58 billion one by 2031, reflecting a compound annual growth rate of a staggering 17.15 per cent.