Published on : Wednesday, September 15, 2021
The Inspiration 4 mission took place in NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
It is the first chartered passenger flight for Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
38-year-old billionaire Jared Isaacman is commanding the historic flight.
He took control of the Falcon 9 rocket as it took off as scheduled just after 8 pm carrying the Dragon capsule toward its three-day orbit 357 miles from Earth’s surface.
Isaacman is the third billionaire following Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson and Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos to launch this in July summer.
Also, on the flight are two contest winners and a health care worker who survived childhood cancer, 29-year-old Hayley Arceneaux.
Arceneaux has become the American in space and the first person in space with prostheses.
The other two people aboard Inspiration4 are sweepstakes winners Chris Sembroski, a 42-year-old data engineer from Washington state, and Sian Proctor, a 51-year-old community college educator from Arizona.
The all-amateur crew was waving to their families and employees before getting into their flight suits.
They are likely to return to Earth off the Florida coast in about three days.
During the three-day journey in orbit, the Inspiration4 crew will conduct scientific research designed to advance human health on Earth and during future long-duration spaceflights.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took off from a Kennedy Space Center pad and the Dragon capsule will possibly reach an altitude of 357 miles.
SpaceX says the Dragon will fly farther than any human spaceflight since the Hubble missions.