Historic civilian SpaceX launch on schedule for Wednesday night launch

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Historic civilian SpaceX launch on schedule for Wednesday night launch

Wednesday night’s historic all-civilian SpaceX launch is running on schedule and will be livestreamed by the space exploration company founded by billionaire Elon Musk. 

Dubbed Inspiration4, the mission that, if successful, will be the first to send a full crew of non-astronauts into space, is slated to blast off as early as 8:02 p.m. from Cape Canaveral, Florida. 

Weather at the launch site leading up to the launch has been clear. 

The four private citizens will head into space inside the Crew Dragon capsule and will spend three days in orbit.

The spacecraft is aiming for an altitude of 335 miles — about 75 miles higher than the International Space Station and on a level with the Hubble Space Telescope.

The Inspiration4 crew of Chris Sembroski, Sian Proctor, Jared Isaacman and Hayley Arceneaux reacts in this picture obtained by Reuters on September 15, 2021.
The Inspiration4 crew of Chris Sembroski, Sian Proctor, Jared Isaacman and Hayley Arceneaux on Sept. 15, 2021.
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The soon-to-be-astronauts — Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Chris Sembroski and Dr. Sian Proctor — have been training for months since the flight crew was announced in March.

Isaacman, 38, an accomplished jet pilot and the founder and CEO of payments processing firm Shift4 Payments, will act as commander of the mission. 

The 38-year-old father of two has an estimated net worth of $2.4 billion and reportedly paid $200 million to SpaceX for the flight. 

Isaacman donated two of the seats on the mission. Arceneaux, 29, is one the recipients.

The Inspiration4 crew of Chris Sembroski, Sian Proctor, Jared Isaacman and Hayley Arceneaux poses while suited up.
The four private citizens will head into space inside the Crew Dragon capsule and will spend three days in orbit.
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Arceneaux, a bone cancer survivor-turned St. Jude physician assistant, will serve as the mission’s “chief medical officer.”

Chris Sembroski, 42, an Air Force veteran and aerospace data engineer at aerospace giant Lockheed Martin in Everett, Washington, won a seat aboard the flight in a sweepstakes giveaway that drew 72,000 applicants and raised $113 million in St. Jude donations.

Sian Proctor, 51, is a community college educator in Tempe, Arizona. She nabbed her ticket to space by winning a contest held by Isaacman’s Shift4Shop eCommerce platform that sought inspirational entrepreneurs worthy of being “elevated to the stars.”

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