UPDATED 12:58 PM PT – Sunday, September 12, 2021
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.
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“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.