Elon Musk’s SpaceX announced today that it plans to launch the first commercial astronaut mission to orbit earth. Falcon 9’s launch of Inspiration4 from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is set for no later than Q4 2021. Billionaire Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, is planning to bring three others alongside him aboard Dragon on this historic journey to space. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Each member of the Inspiration4 crew will receive commercial astronaut training by SpaceX on the Falcon 9 launch vehicle / Dragon spacecraft, orbital mechanics, operating in microgravity, zero gravity, and other forms of stress testing. They’ll thoroughly be briefed on emergency preparedness training, spacesuit / spacecraft ingress and egress exercises, as well as partial and full mission simulations.
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This multi-day journey, orbiting Earth every 90 minutes along a customized flight path, will be carefully monitored at every step by SpaceX mission control. Upon conclusion of the mission, Dragon will reenter Earth’s atmosphere for a soft water landing off the coast of Florida,” said SpaceX.