Inspiration4 the First All-Civilian Mission

Space Coast, FL – Today, SpaceX announces they are targeting NET (no earlier than) Q4 2021 for Falcon 9’s launch of Inspiration4. The world’s first all-commercial astronaut mission to orbit. The launch is to inspire support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and send a humanitarian message of possibility. The launch will to take place from legendary Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Inspiration4 mission with pilot Jared Isaacman
Jared Isaacman, CEO and founder of Shift4 Payments in Dragon spacecraft | photo: SpaceX

Jared Isaacman, the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, is donating 3 seats. The individuals will be announced in the coming weeks. You can found out more on how to possibly join this historic space adventure by visiting

Isaacman is no stranger to flying. He is rated to fly commercial and military aircraft and holds several world records. These include two Speed-Around-The-World flights in 2008 & 2009 that raised money and awareness for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Issacman has flown in over 100 airshows as part of the Black Diamond Jet Team, dedicating every performance to charitable causes. In 2011, Isaacman co-founded what would become the world’s largest private air force, Draken International, to train pilots for the United States Armed Forces.

Inspiration4 mission patch
Inspiration4 mission patch | image: SpaceX/Inspiration4/Shift4 Payments/St.Jude

Inspiration4 Crew

The Inspiration4 crew will get commercial astronaut training by SpaceX. This will include education on the Falcon 9 and Dragon spacecraft with more training in orbital mechanics, operating in microgravity, zero gravity, and other forms of stress testing. The selected individuals will go through emergency preparedness training, spacesuit and spacecraft ingress and egress exercises. Further more it will also include partial and full mission simulations.

This multi-day journey, orbiting Earth every 90 minutes along a customized flight path, will be carefully monitored at every step by SpaceX mission control. Upon conclusion of the mission, Dragon will reenter Earth’s atmosphere for a soft water landing off the coast of Florida.

Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from LC-39A | photo: Jon Van Horne

The Dragon spacecraft is capable of carrying up to 7 passengers to and from Earth orbit, and beyond. It is the only spacecraft currently flying that is capable of returning significant amounts of cargo to Earth. It is also the first private spacecraft to take humans to the space station. The Dragon spacecraft Resilience will be flying the Inspiration4 spaceflight.

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