HAWTHORNE (CBSLA) – SpaceX is set to launch what it calls the world’s first all-commercial astronaut mission to orbit by the end of 2021.
In a blog post, the Hawthorne-based company said its Falcon 9 rocket will launch Inspiration4 from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida “no earlier than the fourth quarter of this year”.READ MORE: Thieves Steal ATM From West Philadelphia Laundromat
The multi-day mission will orbit Earth every 90 minutes under the watchful eye of SpaceX mission control before reentering the atmosphere for a soft landing off the Florida coast.READ MORE: A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Longwood Gardens' $250 Million Expansion Project That Gets Underway Today
The Inspiration4 crew – which will consist of Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, and three other individuals to be determined – will undergo commercial astronaut training by SpaceX, including emergency preparedness training as partial and full mission simulations.
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Click here for more information on how to potentially join the Inspiration4 crew.