A new era of commercial space tourism began. Elon Musk’s SpaceX is just days away from sending its first all-civilian crew on a three-day mission around the Earth multiple times. Inspiration4 will orbit 360 miles above Earth, higher than the International Space Station, with no professional astronaut on board. Commanding the mission is 38-year-old billionaire Jared Isaacman, , the American founder and chief executive of e-commerce firm Shift4 Payments, an experienced pilot rated to fly commercial and military jets. He purchased all four seats on the flight for roughly $200 million. Isaacman will have three specially selected travel mates. He wants this launch to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The crew has gone through partial- and full-mission simulations and has been trained by SpaceX on “the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft. They received knowledge about on orbital mechanics, operating in microgravity, zero gravity and more.
They will launch from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and after three days will splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. The capsule will circle the globe once every 90 minutes at more than 17,000 miles per hour. Space X already launched numerous cargo payloads and astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA. The crew for this mission include “chief medical officer” Hayley Arceneaux, 29, a bone cancer survivor turned St. Jude physicians’ assistant, the mission “specialist” Chris Sembroski, 42, a U.S. Air Force veteran and aerospace data engineer, and geoscientist Sian Proctor, professor at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona.