Inspiration Private Crewed Mission nears launch 

SpaceX is gearing up for its first purely commercial human spaceflight. A SpaceX Falcon 9, scheduled to launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on the inspiration4 mission next week. Four people will fly on the mission funded by Billionaire Jared Isaacman will also fly as mission commander. The other three people joined either through competitions associated with the project or select by Isaacman. Inspiration4 calls the flight the first "all-civilian orbital mission"; although the first orbital mission without any professional astronauts or cosmonauts on board is more accurate. 


I also read another interesting piece of news which claimed a certain employee had an emotional breakdown in space and then damaged a Russian spacecraft to return early. 

The two articles made me introspect about the deeper security implications of sending civilians to space. People often represent the weakest link in the security chain and are chronically responsible for the failure of security systems. When designing a security protocol, we always make some assumptions about the users and their intentions. As we start commercial space flights some of these assumptions are no longer valid. Given the delicate nature of our space systems, we must do a security review of our existing protocols to make sure our space systems are robust and test them for new attack vectors. 

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