First all-civilian crew set to launch into space via SpaceX vehicles

Inspiration4 mission commander Jared Isaacman, founder and chief executive officer of Shift4 Payments, stands for a portrait in front of the recovered first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket at Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) on February 2, 2021 in Hawthorne, California. - Isaacman's all-civilian Inspiration4 mission will raise $200 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through a donation based sweepstakes to select a member of the crew. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

Inspiration4 mission commander Jared Isaacman, founder and chief executive officer of Shift4 Payments, stands for a portrait in front of the recovered first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket at Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

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Another billionaire has been set to take off into space along with the first ever all-civilian crew. This week, the CEO of e-commerce firm Shift4 Payments, Jared Issacman, will join three fellow passengers as they embarked their three day journey into space.

The crew was scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule. The launch vehicle will be one of Elon Musk’s reusable Falcon 9 rockets, with a 24-hour launch window opening on Wednesday evening.

“You know, it is the first time that a global superpower hasn’t sent people up into the orbital space,” Issacman stated. “I think that should send a message of all the things to come right?”

The crew said it was more than a joyride as they would perform medical experiments while they orbit. Once in orbit, they planned to circle the globe every 90 minutes at more than 17,000 miles per hour.

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