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By Ethan Price

September 13th, 2021

Elon Musk and SpaceX are looking to position themself as an alpha dog in space with a mission this week that will send four non-government backed astronauts to orbit for several days. The mission is called the Inspiration4, and it could launch as soon as Wednesday September 15th. The Inspiration4 is said to be a more ambitious and technically difficult mission than any of the ones launched this past summer by competing companies, such as Blue Origin by Jeff Bezos and Virgin Galactic by Richard Branson. Elon Musk and the president of SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell, have worked vigorously to rapidly produce new and working space hardware to outperform their rivals. SpaceX has recently received massive amounts of praise from other space and tech companies due to their innovative high-risk tolerance that probably would not be seen from large, publicly traded companies.

SpaceX was founded by Musk in 2002, and since then, SpaceX has played a major role in reigniting America’s space ambitions. In the last year, SpaceX has even worked with NASA to send two astronauts to the International Space Station, being the first mission with humans from the U.S. in almost a decade.

Assuming that all goes well with launch and return of both the spacecraft and more importantly, the four astronauts, SpaceX is not only in a position to gain more investors, but also more believers in its goal to blaze the way of space.