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  • SpaceX will carry four passengers into space for three days on Wednesday, Sept. 15.
  • Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic have already sent commercial passengers up to space.

After its successful launch into space earlier this summer, Elon Musk’s company SpaceX will carry civilians into space for the first time on Sept. 15.

The company announced the mission on Wednesday. Aiming for a launch time of 8:02 p.m. EDT, the civilians will fly aboard the Dragon model, which is designed to send up to seven humans as well as cargo into space in a five-hour launch window.

The operation itself will be dubbed Inspiration4.

This marks SpaceX’s official debut into the burgeoning space tourism industry, a fledgling sector that attracts some of the biggest names in the tech and business world. Two rivals for Musk include Amazon’s Jeff Bozes with Blue Origin and Richard Branson with Virgin Galactic. Both rival companies have sent commercial passengers into space before.

A key difference is the time in space. Inspiration4 aims to take and keep passengers in space for three days, a sharp contrast to the several minute trips with Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic sustained.

ABC News specifies that no professional astronaut will be on board the ship. Commanding the mission is 38-year-old billionaire Jared Isaacman, and passengers Hayley Arceneaux, Chris Sembroski and Sian Proctor.

Profits associated with the flight will be donated to St. Jude’s Children Hopsital. 


Published on Sep 13, 2021