Elon Musk’s SpaceX intends to one-up Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin by launching four civilians into orbit for several days and then returning them to Earth.
The mission, which is known as the Inspiration4 flight, will use a Falcon 9 rocket and could launch as early as Wednesday. This mission would be the first to take only commercial astronauts or those who are not backed by the government, into orbit.
SpaceX has taken part in other notable launches such as the launch last year which took two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. This was the first launch by the United States in over a decade to have taken humans into space.
Jared Isaacman, the Shift4 Payments Inc. chief executive who will lead the Inspiration4 flight, said his team is confident in SpaceX’s technology and that “This mission is a steppingstone. You have to clear this obstacle in order to do many more, you know, that are bigger and grander, and get us to the moon, Mars, and beyond.”
Musk originally created the company in 2002 with the dream of taking humans to Mars. Since then, the company has become valued at $74 billion as Musk’s dream of taking humans to Mars is still alive.
Source: Yahoo Finance