HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The mission will be launched from the Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • The mission has been named Inspiration4 in recognition of the four-person crew’s mission.
  • The company has aimed to provide government and private customers with low-cost access to space.

Today, Elon Musk’s SpaceX has announced the first-ever commercial astronaut mission to orbit Earth aboard Dragon spacecraft. This mission would fulfil the dream of every individual who dreamt of going to space.

As per sources, the ‘Dragon’ spacecraft is capable of carrying up to seven passengers to and from Earth orbit, and beyond. Currently, it is the only aircraft that is capable of returning significant amounts of cargo to Earth. It is also the first private spacecraft to take humans to the space station. The announcement comes after Jeff Bezos-owned space company Blue Origin said that it would carry the first passengers on its New Shepard space vehicle as early as April.

The mission will be launched from the Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The CEO of Shift4 Payments and a trained pilot, Jared Isaacman has been named the mission, ‘Inspiration4’ in recognition of the ‘four-person crew’s mission’. This had been done to inspire support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and send a humanitarian message of possibility.

The company has already completed the fourteenth test flight of its New Shepard rocket booster and capsule. This was the last remaining step before the company flies its first crew to space. “We are planning to launch the second test flight within six weeks, or by late February, and the first crewed flight six weeks after that,” the company said.

Furthermore, the company aims to provide government and private customers with low-cost access to space. Earlier this month, Elon Musk had overtaken Amazon boss Jeff Bezos to become the world’s wealthiest person

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