A string of billionaires and three space-obsessed citizens will blast off this Wednesday, September 15, 2021, on the SpaceX rocket, seeking to become the first crew totally civilian traveling through the earth orbit.
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The four of them space travelers fans, led by the American Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of e-commerce company Shift4 Payments Inc, is scheduled to take off at 8:00 p.m. from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The senior director of space flights manned of SpaceXBenji Reed told reporters on Tuesday that “everything looks great” after running the final “static” test of the engines. rockets On Monday in the morning.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 15, 2021
“Right now, the weather is improving” for an on-time launch, he said.
The flight, with no professional astronauts accompanying paying customers from SpaceX, lasts about three days from takeoff to landing in the Atlantic.
They will fly aboard a capsule SpaceX Crew Dragon white, called Resilience, perched atop one of the company’s reusable Falcon 9 rockets and fitted with a special observation dome in place of the usual docking hatch.
Isaacman, 38, the financier of the trip, disbursed an undisclosed (but presumably considerable) sum to the billionaire and owner of SpaceX, Elon Musk, to travel with his three crewmates. Time magazine put the price of the four seats at $ 200 million.
The so-called mission Inspiration4 was conceived by Isaacman with the primary goal of raising awareness and supporting one of his favorite causes, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which runs a pediatric cancer center in Memphis, Tennessee.
With information from Reuters