Maverick called out to space.
The Inspiration4 team spoke to actor Tom Cruise: Maverick was the call sign for his fighter pilot character in the 1986 movie “Top Gun”.
Like the character in Top Gun, the four astronauts orbiting Earth have their own call signs. Jared Isaacman, the billionaire who funded the mission, flew fighter jets and already had a call sign: Rook, short for rookie. As part of in-orbit flight training, Mr. Isaacman took his teammates into the air on fighter plane flights so they could experience high-G forces during tight turns.
The other three crew members chose their own call signs. Hayley Arceneaux is Nova, Sian Proctor is Leo and Christopher Sembroski is Hanks.
Since then, there has been no update on how the film is progressing or when Mr. Cruise might take off. But he will return to the cockpit in a sequel called “Top Gun: Maverick,” which is now slated for release in May 2022.