The Mission

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About Inspiration4

Inspiration4 is the world’s first all-civilian mission to orbit. The mission will be commanded by Jared Isaacman, the 38-year-old founder and Chief Executive Officer of Shift4 Payments and an accomplished pilot and adventurer. Inspiration4 will leave Earth from Kennedy Space Center’s historic Launch Complex 39A, the embarkation point for Apollo and Space Shuttle missions, and travel across a low earth orbit on a multi-day journey that will continually eclipse more than 90% of the earth’s population. Named in recognition of the four-person crew that will raise awareness and funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, this milestone represents a new era for human spaceflight and exploration.

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Dragon Spacecraft

SENDING HUMANS AND CARGO INTO SPACE

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, and is the first private spacecraft to take humans to the space station.

HEIGHT 8.1 m / 26.7 ft

DIAMETER 4 m / 13 ft

CAPSULE VOLUME 9.3 m³ / 328 ft³

TRUNK VOLUME 37 m³ / 1,300 ft³

LAUNCH PAYLOAD MASS 6,000 kg / 13,228 lbs

RETURN PAYLOAD MASS 3,000 kg / 6,614 lbs

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Falcon 9

FIRST ORBITAL CLASS ROCKET CAPABLE OF REFLIGHT

Falcon 9 is a reusable, two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of people and payloads into Earth orbit and beyond. Falcon 9 is the world’s first orbital class reusable rocket. Reusability allows SpaceX to refly the most expensive parts of the rocket, which in turn drives down the cost of space access.

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Timeline

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Project
Launch

Project
Launch

February 1, 2021

Mission announcement

February 1, 2021

Mission announcement

February 7, 2021

Super Bowl commercial airs

February 7, 2021

Super Bowl commercial airs

March 2021

Crew selections announced, training begins

March 2021

Crew selections announced, training begins

September 2021

Inspiration4 to launch no earlier than September 15, 2021

September 2021

Inspiration4 to launch no earlier than September 15, 2021

Launch

Launch

CURRENT PROGRESS

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Cargo

Traveling weightless at over 17,000 miles per hour, the crew will conduct experiments designed to expand our knowledge of the universe. Crew Dragon’s 365lbs cargo capacity will be allocated for both crew essentials as well as scientific equipment dedicated to micro-gravity research and experimentation. Inspiration4 is committed to assigning the maximum possible mass towards this valuable research, providing access to space for inspiring projects that are otherwise unable to overcome the high barriers of traditional space-based research.

Win a Seat on Inspiration4 Sweepstakes:: No Purchase/Donation necessary. Open to legal US residents, 18+. Shift4Shop Inspiration4 Contest:: Open only to Shift4Shop eCommerce hosting and merchant acquiring US customers of Shift4 Payments, LLC; businesses that are customers of Shift4 and the individual who enters on behalf of the business must be a legal US resident, 18+. Both promotions start 4:00PM ET 2/1/21, end 11:59 PM ET 2/28/21. Winner of each must be physically & psychologically fit for training and spaceflight, and must meet the requirements to be admitted into related government facilities. See *Official Rules* for complete details void where prohibited.