The Crew Dragon is set to send four “everyday people” into space from the Florida coast on Wednesday in a milestone launch that could kick off a new era in space tourism.
Hot on the rocket-fueled-heels of the billionaire space race, four “everyday people” are ready to make space history when they strap into a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule and go for a three-day joyride around our planet. The Inspiration4 mission, which doubles as a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, is scheduled to launch as soon as Wednesday, and you can watch live right here.
What time is the SpaceX launch?
The five-hour launch window opens at 5:02 p.m. PT/8:02 p.m. ET.
“All systems and weather are looking good for today’s Falcon 9 launch of Dragon’s first all-civilian spaceflight,” SpaceX tweeted Thursday. The video broadcast, from SpaceX, is scheduled to begin at 12:45 p.m. PT and can be found below.
The spacecraft will get off this rock with an assist from a Falcon 9 rocket leaving from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It’ll be a similar process to how SpaceX launches NASA astronauts, but Inspiration4 won’t be traveling to the International Space Station.
Inspiration4 is billed as “the world’s first all-civilian mission to orbit.” The crew will fly much higher and longer than Amazon founder Jeff Bezos or Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson did on their recent .