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Musk’s SpaceX Plans All-Civilian Space Flight With Tech CEO

  • Billionaire sees tourist trip as ‘milestone’ for space access
  • Mission aims to raise awareness, funds for St. Jude’s hospital
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Tech CEO to Lead First SpaceX All-Civilian Flight
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Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is planning the first all-civilian orbital spaceflight later this year, to be led by a technology entrepreneur who will be joined by three other people.

The flight is expected to launch in the fourth quarter, SpaceX and Jared Isaacman said in a statement Monday. Isaacman, the founder and chief executive officer of Shift4 Payments Inc., a payment processor, said he wants the planned multiday “Inspiration4” flight on SpaceX’s Dragon vehicle to inspire support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.