Elon Musk: SpaceX launched four ordinary citizens into orbit

SpaceX on Wednesday night launched four ordinary citizens into orbit without any professional astronauts along for the ride, an incomparable feat in the history of spacecraft.

The five-hour launch window for Inspiration 4 opened at 8:02 pm. ET for launch from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39-A.

A specially modified Crew Dragon capsule sitting atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carries four private citizens as they wait to begin three days of Earth orbit, the first time an all-civilian crew will have orbited the planet.

Instead of climbing to the edge of space and returning to the ground in less than an hour, as Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin recently did, Inspiration 4 will orbit Earth in a higher orbit than the International Space Station .

Paying for it is Jared Isaacman, a 38-year-old billionaire high-school dropout who is promoting the flight as part of a massive fundraising effort for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Isaacman is a pilot qualified to fly military and commercial, made a deal with SpaceX in late 2020 for the mission. Isaacman has said he is paying to SpaceX less than the $200 million he hopes to raise for St. Jude.

” Start of this dream began 10 months ago,” Isaacman said how quickly the mission came together at a news conference on Tuesday. “We set out from the very beginning to deliver a very inspiring message, certainly about the opportunity in space and what we can be done there. But also what we can fulfill here on Earth.”

Three more joins him
Hayley Arsinaux, a physician assistant in St. Jude. He was treated for bone cancer in the hospital as a child.

Chris Sambroski, an aerospace worker from Seattle, who was selected from 72,000 entries based on donations to St. Jude.

Sian Proctor, a teacher and trained pilot who was a finalist in NASA’s 2009 astronaut class.

SpaceX and Isaacman uncovered their project to the world in February in a TV ad by encouraging people to apply for the mission.

Netflix is also going to make documentart on the team’s preparation and flight for the series on its platform. While name as “Countdown: Inspiration 4 Mission to Space” documentary series, it is more similar to reality television.

Video cameras seemed to have been around the crew for months, ever since crew members first learned they were going into space (via zoom calls in which reactions varied from shock to tears). was capturing them, sharing the news with friends and family for a trip to the Kennedy Space Center to tour the launch pad where they will explode. It also includes video footage of Archinox as a 10-year-old patient in St. Jude.

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