SpaceX to send first all-civilian crew to space later this year

Cape Canaveral, Florida – Commercial aerospace company SpaceX on Monday announced that it will send four private individuals into space to orbit the earth in what will be the first all-civilian space mission.

SpaceX will be donating three seats in the mission to members of the public.
SpaceX will be donating three seats in the mission to members of the public.  © IMAGO / UPI Photo

"This mission enables access for everyday people who dream of going to space," the company said in a statement.

The spacecraft will be commanded by Jared Isaacman, the founder and chief executive office of Shift4 Payments, a private payment processing company.

Isaacman is donating the three additional seats in the spacecraft to members of the public.

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The crew will receive commercial astronaut training and emergency preparedness training, in addition to partial and full mission simulations, SpaceX said in a press release.

After the mission, the spacecraft will reenter Earth's atmosphere for a soft water landing off the coast of Florida.

The mission is expected to take place sometime in 2021 and will last for several days.

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