After the Inspiration4 crew completed its static fire test of Falcon 9 on Monday, SpaceX is officially set for launch today, should the weather conditions permit it.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 booster and Dragon spacecraft are set up for today’s Inspiration4 launch, according to SpaceX’s launch website, set to take place at the Kennedy Space Center’s 39A launchpad in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The launch will mark the first all-civilian spaceflight, and the mission will attempt to raise $200 million USD for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital while conducting health experiments aboard the Dragon spacecraft.
After the launch, the crew will spend three days in space, conducting health experiments for SpaceX and others.
The Inspiration4 crew includes Commander and billionaire Shift4 Payments CEO Jared Isaacman, Medical Officer, St. Jude Physician Assistant and pediatric cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux, Mission Specialist, Air Force Veteran and Aerospace Data Engineer Chris Sembroski, and Mission Pilot and geoscientist, Dr. Sian Proctor.
If SpaceX cannot launch the Inspiration4 crew today, it will hold tomorrow as a backup launch day.
SpaceX’s Inspiration4 Launch stream is set to go live today at 1:45 p.m. ET, while the five-hour launch window will officially begin at 8:02 p.m. ET. Netflix has also announced an Inspiration4 Mission Documentary, which already has a few episodes available.
All systems and weather are looking good for today’s Falcon 9 launch of Dragon’s first all-civilian spaceflight. Webcast will go live ~4 hours before liftoff https://t.co/bJFjLCzWdK pic.twitter.com/kkSiWcv6qc
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 15, 2021
You can watch the SpaceX Inspiration4 launch live here: