Maj. (Dr.) Sian Proctor, Sky Harbor Composite Squadron, will be a crew member on a privately funded SpaceX flight later this year. A member of the Arizona Wing Aerospace Education team, Proctor is a professor at South Mountain Community College, a geoscientist, and STEM educator. She was recently selected as part of the Explorers Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World the World Needs to Know About.
The commander of the Inspiration4 flight is Jared Isaacman, a pilot and billionaire businessman, who is paying an undisclosed amount for the mission aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule. Proctor won a spot on the crew in a competition for small businesses that are customers of Isaacman’s company, with her space art website, Space2Inspire. The other crew members are Hayley Arceneaux, a physician’s assistant at St. Jude Medical Center, and Chris Sembroski, a former Air Force missileman and data scientist.
The mission will last three days while the Inspiration4 crew orbits the Earth at 335 miles, about 75 miles higher than the International Space Station. The launch will occur no earlier than mid-September.
When notified of her selection, Proctor told the Associated Press, “It was like when Harry Potter found out he was a wizard, a little bit of shock and awe.”
Proctor applied three times to NASA’s astronaut corps and came close to selection in 2009. As an analog astronaut, she has participated in four simulated, Earth-based missions, pursuing space-related exploration in Alaska, Hawaii, and Antarctica.
CAP members in Arizona Wing have benefited from presentations in which Proctor shares her passion for science, space, and exploration.