The First All Civilian Crew is Headed to Orbit: How to Watch the Inspiration4 Launch

The First All Civilian Crew is Headed to Orbit: How to Watch the Inspiration4 Launch

SpaceX is preparing to launch Crew Dragon Resilience to orbit as part of the Inspiration4 mission. The four crew members onboard Resilience make up the first all civilian crewed mission to space. Inspiration4 will remain in orbit for three days following launch which is targeted for Wednesday, September 15th with a launch window opening at 7:02 pm CDT.

Inspiration4 crew watches as Falcon9 rolls out to the launchpad. Photo: Inspiration4/John Kraus

Launch coverage will be provided by SpaceX and Inspiration4 beginning at 2:45 pm via livestream. Netflix will also host a special livestream of the launch hosted by retired NASA astronauts Cady Coleman, Leland Melvin, and Ron Garan. Coverage begins at 6pm CDT on YouTube.

SpaceX has modified the Crew Dragon spacecraft for this mission in order to give the crew a better view during their time in space. The docking mechanism attached to the nose cone end of Crew Dragon has been replaced with a large observation window that the crew can look out of.

During their three day mission the crew of Inspiration4 will work to raise awareness for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital and perform science research related to human spaceflight. A fundraising goal of $200million has been set, and much of the cargo flying with the crew will be auctioned off on their return.

Netflix has created a docuseries, Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space that allows viewers to follow along for the entirety of the mission. The first four episodes are already available for viewing.

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