The SpaceX rocket is ready for launch

In this Aug. 8, 2021 photo provided by John Kraus, from left, Chris Sembroski, Sian Proctor, Jared Isaacman and Hayley Arceneaux / AP

SpaceX's first private flight will launch its first rocket without professional astronauts on board, an unprecedented situation, after 60 years of manned space flight 

The launch is scheduled for Wednesday night from the Kennedy Space Center.

The ship will be boarded by the financier of the private flight, Jared Isaacman, who assures that "this is the first step towards a world where ordinary people can go and venture among the stars." He will be accompanied by the two winners of the raffle, along with a healthcare worker who survived childhood cancer. Together they will travel three days around the world. 

While he will not disclose what he is paying for the flight, Isaacman acknowledges the "worthwhile debates" over whether the wealthy should spend their fortune solving problems on Earth or sightseeing in space. But he maintains that investing in space now will lower costs in the future. "Because it is so expensive, space has been the exclusive domain of the world's superpowers and the elite they select," he told The Associated Press last week. "It just shouldn't stay that way." 

The rocket will soar 100 miles (160 kilometers) higher than the space station, aiming at an altitude of 357 miles (575 kilometers), just above Hubble's current position. Space telescope.

Last July's flight by Jeff Bezos of Blue Origin and Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic briefly sailed through space during their short trips in July: Branson reached 86 kilometers (53 miles) while Bezos reached 106 kilometers (66 miles), the AP reviews.

This is SpaceX's first private flight and the company is running the program independently from NASA, offering its own facilities for private passengers to sleep, eat and hang out before launch, and to don their flight suits with black and white trim. 

The rented launch pad used by SpaceX is the same one used by the Apollo moonwalkers, the shuttle astronauts, and the previous three NASA crews. 

At the end of the mission, they will land off the coast of Florida just like their predecessors. 

They were previously trained as astronauts

La vuelta al mundo en 3 días

Isaacman and SpaceX decided for three days as the ideal point to orbit the Earth. It gives him and his fellow travelers plenty of time to enjoy the views through a custom bubble-shaped window, take blood samples and conduct other medical research, and spark interest in auction items for the benefit of the hospital . 

Although spacious for a capsule, the Dragon offers virtually no privacy; only a curtain protects the toilet. Unlike the space station and old NASA shuttles, there is no kitchen or sleeping compartments, not even separate work areas. 

Travelers will eat cold pizza after takeoff, but they will also have food ready astronaut-style.

Who will travel on board

The financier of the private flight, Jared Isaacman, will be accompanied by the crew who won their quota through a raffle:

Hayley Arceneaux, a former St. Jude Hospital patient who now works at the Memphis, Tennessee hospital. Arceneaux, now 29, was 10 when he was diagnosed with bone cancer and had much of his left femur replaced with a titanium rod. She will be the first person in space with a prosthesis, proud to pave the way for "those who are not physically perfect." She will also be the youngest American in space.

Sian Proctor, 51, a community college educator in Tempe, Arizona, and a former geology instructor, beat out 200 other Shift4 Payments clients with her space-themed artwork business. Also a pilot, he was a NASA finalist astronaut more than a decade ago.

Chris Sembroski, 42, a data engineer and former Air Force missileist from Everett, Washington, entered an open lottery by donating to St. Jude. He didn't win, but a friend from his college days did and gave him the job.

 

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