Sumary of SpaceX aiming for night launch of 4 on 1st private flight:
- Watch: SpaceX prepares to launch first all-civilian crew into orbit Technology The launch marks the first time in 60 years of human spaceflight with no professional astronaut aboard an orbit-bound rocket.
- A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sits on pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
- 15, 2021. For the first time in 60 years of human spaceflight, a rocket is poised to blast into orbit with no professional astronauts on board, only four tourists.
- (AP) — On Wednesday, SpaceX aimed to blast a billionaire into orbit with two contest winners and a health care worker who survived childhood cancer.
- It’s the first chartered passenger flight for Elon Musk’s SpaceX and a big step in space tourism by a private company.
- “It blows me away, honestly,” SpaceX director Benji Reed said on the eve of launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
- He and his fellow passengers will spend three days orbiting Earth at an unusually high altitude of 357 miles (575 kilometers) — 100 miles (160 kilometers) higher than the International Space Station — before splashing down off the Florida coast this weekend.
- Their flights barely skimmed space, though, and lasted just minutes.