SpaceX’s Inspiration4 Private Crew Gets Their Astronaut Wings

All four private space travelers who entered orbit on SpaceX’s historic Inspiration4 mission last month officially have their astronaut wings.

The civilian crew, who put a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft into orbit on September 15 and returned to Earth three days later, received their astronaut wings from the company on Friday (October 1) in a presentation at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

“Yesterday we were gifted with our SpaceX astronaut wings,” wrote Inspiration4 astronaut Hayley Arceneaux, mission medical officer, in a Twitter post on Saturday. “This beautiful symbol of our journey means everything to me! Also, if it looks like I’m crying, take care of your business.”

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I cried when I got my wings! “

—Inspiration4 pilot Sian Proctor

Arceneaux was not alone in her jubilation.

“I cried when I got my wings!” Sian Proctor, a geoscientist and space communicator who served as a pilot for the Inspiration4 crew on the mission, wrote on Twitter.

The SpaceX Astronaut Wing Pin has a Crew Dragon capsule at its center from which a dragon’s head and wings emerge. The back is inscribed with each crew member’s name, call sign, and mission role.

A close up view of the SpaceX astronaut wings for Inspiration4’s private astronauts. (Image credit: Inspiration4)

Inspiration4 was a three-day commercial space mission funded by American businessman and billionaire Jared Isaacman, who purchased four seats to orbit a SpaceX Dragon and Falcon 9 rocket. Isaacman donated three of the seats to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Arceneaux, a St. Jude physician assistant and childhood bone cancer survivor, represented the hospital on the flight. Proctor and another aerospace data civil engineer, Chris Sembroski, won their seats as part of public competitions. They were the first fully civilian crew to fly into space without a professional astronaut, and Proctor became the first black spacecraft pilot in history in flight.

During their flight, the Inspiration4 astronauts spent three days circling the Earth, conducting science experiments and looking out the largest single window ever built for space, a domed dome that SpaceX placed on the tip of the capsule. Dragon for the mission. His mission is the subject of a Netflix documentary series and raised more than $ 200 million for St. Jude.

“Until we meet again, thank you to all the amazing people at @SpaceX who have done so much for me and @ inspiration4x,” wrote Inspiration4 mission specialist Sembroski on Twitter. “And most of all, thanks to my beautiful wife Erin, who gave so much to support this dream on an incredible journey.”

SpaceX Inspiration4 pilot Sian Proctor (right) hugs a SpaceX employee as she receives her astronaut wings on October 1, 2021 at the company’s headquarters in California. (Image credit: Inspiration4)

According to SpaceX and the Inspiration4 teams, the private astronauts were invited to the company’s headquarters on Friday to share the experiences of their space flight. The presentation of the astronaut’s wings was apparently a surprise.

“Our Inspiration4 team visited SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California yesterday and were amazed at the SpaceX Dragon wings,” the Inspiration4 outreach team wrote on Twitter.

Isaacman, who has not disclosed how much will be paid for the Inspiration4 flight, thanked SpaceX on Saturday for the flight.

“It was great to see all of our friends at SpaceX and thank them for making this mission a success,” Isaacman added on Twitter. “Incredible memories.

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