SpaceX’s Dragon spaceship given domed window for Inspiration4 all-civilian mission

SpaceX‘s Crew Dragon spaceship will be equipped with a domed window for the world’s first all-civilian mission to space later this year, Inspiration4. 

The company posted an artist’s impression of the specially modified Crew Dragon on Twitter with the caption: ‘A new view for crew.’

Crew Dragon’s additional window at the ‘nose’ of the space capsule will let its four passengers take in incredible panoramic views of Earth.  

The historic mission is set to launch from NASA‘s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on September 15 this year. 

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The four crew members will be able to pop their head up to the top of Crew Dragon to enjoy out-of-this-world views 

SpaceX posted an artist's impression of the specially modified Crew Dragon on Twitter with the caption: 'A new view for crew'

SpaceX posted an artist’s impression of the specially modified Crew Dragon on Twitter with the caption: ‘A new view for crew’

The Inspiration4 mission 

Dubbed Inspiration4, the mission is designed primarily to raise awareness and support for the pediatric cancer center, which successfully treated Arceneaux for bone cancer when she was a child. 

Although this is not the first time civilians have travelled to space, it is the first mission manned solely by civilians. 

The four-person team, which will be under the command of Isaacman, will be launched aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket on its voyage. 

Dragon will only orbit Earth for three days, completing one orbit every 90 minutes along a customized flight path as it travels at more than 17,000 miles per hour.

Its progress will be carefully monitored at every step by SpaceX mission control.

Elon Musk, the billionaire owner of SpaceX, said the design was ‘probably [the] most ‘in space’ you could possibly feel by being in a glass dome’.

It was revealed shortly after a press conference where SpaceX revealed the final two Inspiration4 crew members.

The new passengers are Sian Proctor, a community college educator in Tempe, Arizona, and Chris Sembroski, a former Air Force missileman from Everett, Washington.

They join flight billionaire founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments Jared Isaacman, who purchased the flight, and Hayley Arceneaux, a physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, who was revealed as a winner earlier this year. 

Dubbed Inspiration4, the mission is designed primarily to raise awareness and support for the pediatric cancer center, which successfully treated Arceneaux for bone cancer when she was a child. 

Although this is not the first time civilians have travelled to space, it is the first mission manned solely by civilians. 

The four-person team, which will be under the command of Isaacman, will be launched aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket on its voyage. 

Dragon will only orbit Earth for three days, completing one orbit every 90 minutes along a customized flight path as it travels at more than 17,000 miles per hour.

Its progress will be carefully monitored at every step by SpaceX mission control. 

Jared Isaacman, from left to right, Hayley Arceneaux, Sian Proctor and Chris Sembroski form the Inspiration4 crew

Jared Isaacman, from left to right, Hayley Arceneaux, Sian Proctor and Chris Sembroski form the Inspiration4 crew 

Pictured, Inspiration4 mission commander Jared Isaacman, founder and chief executive officer of Shift4 Payments

Pictured, Inspiration4 mission commander Jared Isaacman, founder and chief executive officer of Shift4 Payments 

SpaceX says: ‘Upon conclusion of the mission, Dragon will reenter Earth’s atmosphere for a soft water landing off the coast of Florida.’ 

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