Today the Beyond Earth Institute, a think tank supporting a long-term human presence in space, released the following statement applauding the crew of Inspiration4, the world’s first all-civilian mission to orbit, on the successful completion of their mission.
“The first privately funded and crewed space flight of Inspiration4 opened up a new avenue to the possibility of communities beyond Earth,” said David Bullock, VP of Administrative Affairs and Communications at the Beyond Earth Institute. “The leadership and bravery of Jared Issacman and his crew of the first privately funded orbital flight is the first step for the opportunity to have more people in space.”
This mission illustrates a turning point in human space exploration. For the first time ever, an all-civilian crew will launch into Earth’s orbit, working to usher in a new era in human spaceflight. Space is for everyone, and missions like this one prove that continued progress will one day make that ideal a reality.
“While the crew of Inspiration4 was in orbit on Thursday, there were three Chinese taikonauts on the Tiangong and seven astronauts on the ISS, all in low Earth orbit at one time,” continued Bullock. “This type of traffic should only expand in the future.”
Through this mission, all of humanity has progressed one more step toward a future with a permanent human presence in space. Compliments to Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Chris Sembroski, Dr. Sian Proctor, and the rest of the Inspiration4 team.
About the Beyond Earth Institute
TheBeyond Earth Instituteis a 501(c)(3) U.S. non-profit organization (application pending). It is at the heart of all related initiatives that impact the success of the space movement with respect to human expansion beyond Earth. Beyond Earth’s focus is on technology readiness, worldwide public support, and related public policy enactment, including recommendations for policy initiatives. Beyond Earth conducts primary and secondary research, then consolidates and publicizes reports to be delivered and presented widely throughout the space policy community both in the U.S. and internationally.