New Delhi: As the billionaire race to space heated up in the last few months, the first all-civilian crew strapped inside the capsule of a SpaceX rocketship, is poised to make history by launching into Earth orbit in SpaceX rocketship
In yet another flight, Jared Isaacman, the American founder and chief executive of e-commerce firm Shift4 Payments, will lead three fellow space enthusiasts on a trip expected to last three days from blastoff at Cape Canaveral, Florida, to splashdown in the Atlantic, according to Reuters.
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The 38-year-old tech entrepreneur has committed an exorbitant sum to fellow billionaire and SpaceX owner Elon Musk to fly into orbit aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule.
The crew vehicle will take off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center atop one of Musk’s reusable Falcon 9 rockets, with a 24-hour targeted launch window that opens at 8 pm. EDT (0000 GMT) on Wednesday. However, the timing is subjected to change depending on the weather.
Dubbed as Inspiration4, the mission is part of Isaacman’s effort to raise $200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Beyond adventure, Isaacman wanted to do something meaningful and hence led a campaign to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research.
He has pledged $100 million personally to the institute.
This successful mission is seen as ushering in a new era of commercial space tourism, with several companies attracting wealthy customers eying to experience the exhilaration of supersonic flight, weightlessness, and the visual spectacle of space.