Inspiration4 was the world's first orbital spaceflight unsupervised by professional astronauts, using commercial equipment to launch civilian space enthusiasts into orbit.
Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is a commercial company aiming to launch cargo, and eventually people, to low-Earth orbit. The firm is developing its Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 booster under contracts from NASA's Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program and its Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program.
The FAA's draft environmental review of SpaceX's Starship operations suggests the program can likely proceed with its first orbital launch, although protecting wildlife could be a stumbling block.
See photos of the Inspiration4 mission, which launched on Sept. 15, 2021 with the first all-civilian crew.
The Inspiration4 crew says they hope the diversity of their astronauts helped inspire others and told NBC News that the spaceflight experience changed them forever.
Inspiration4's crew of civilian astronauts is sharing their joy after returning to Earth from their three-day mission in orbit.
After spending nearly three days in space, the Inspiration4 crew may have more appreciation for the facilities here on Earth — namely, the toilets.
SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has pledged to donate $50 million to benefit childhood cancer research by the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
After three days in space, SpaceX's first all-civilian crew returned to Earth tonight, splashing down off the Florida coast to end a historic mission.
SpaceX's first all-civilian crew will return to Earth tonight with a splashdown off the Florida coast to end a mission like no other.
From ultrasounds to ukulele jam sessions and space art, it appears the Inspiration4 crew is staying busy in orbit.
In between playfully snacking on M&Ms, the all-civilian Inspiration4 crew took a break from their science-heavy mission to chat with kid patients from a Memphis children's hospital.
The all-civilian Inspiration4 crew is carrying a special package to space in their personal equipment — a digital copy of an independent artist's song about finding meaning in existence.
The four private astronauts of SpaceX's Inspiration4 crew have shared their first snapshots from their historic first-ever all-civilian space trip and they look thrilled.
SpaceX's all-private Inspiration4 mission has notched another spaceflight first — although most parents are probably hoping this one doesn't inspire their kids to similar action.
Four private astronauts are currently circling the globe in a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, and you can see the capsule from Earth.
It was congratulations all around the billionaires' table today as Jeff Bezos hailed Elon Musk's SpaceX for the private Inspiration4 launch.
Astronauts, celebrities and regular folks around the globe shared their excitement about Inspiration4's successful launch last night (Sept. 15).