SpaceX is equipping the Crew Dragon spacecraft with a window at the top for the world's first civilian-led mission into space Inspiration4 later this year, as the company posted an artist's impression of a specially modified Crew Dragon on Twitter with the caption: New View for the crew.
An additional Crew Dragon window will be available at the front of the space capsule so that its four passengers can have fun while watching panoramic views of the Earth. The historic mission from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is also scheduled to launch on September 15 this year.
This window was also revealed shortly after a press conference as SpaceX revealed the last two members of the Inspiration4 crew. New passengers include Sian Proctor, a college teacher in Tempe, Arizona, and Chris Semprosky, a former Air Force mission officer from Everett, Washington.
They join billionaire founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, Jared Isaacman, who bought the trip, and Hayley Arceneaux, a physician assistant at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, who was revealed as a seat winner earlier this year.
The mission, called Inspiration4, was also designed primarily to raise awareness and support for the Children's Cancer Center, which successfully treated Arceneaux from bone cancer as a child.
Although this is not the first time that civilians have traveled into space, it is the first mission only civilian-led. The spacecraft will orbit Earth for only three days, completing one orbit every 90 minutes along a dedicated flight path, traveling at more than 17,000 miles per hour, and its progress will be carefully monitored at every step by controlling the SpaceX mission.
The Inspiration4 crew will receive commercial astronaut training by SpaceX on the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft, orbital mechanics, operating in low gravity, and other forms of stress tests prior to travel.