Docking with the space station is scheduled for Saturday at approximately 7:30 a.m. EDT.
It’s SpaceX’s first private charter flight to the orbiting lab after two years of carrying astronauts there for NASA.
They are scheduled for a 10-day trip to the space station, then scheduled to splash down in the Atlantic Ocean.
The launch had been delayed from February and again in March.
Connor said he signed a non-disclosure agreement that prevents him from revealing the price tag of his mission, but he has defended the decision.
“If we, as a nation or a world, are really going to move space forward, you’re going to have to get the private sector involved,” Connor told journalist Will Ujek last month. “The fact is, whether anyone likes it or not, that initial investment is going to be really high.”
Connor told our Tom Archdeacon last month: “When you think of the Wright Brothers, Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, those guys were daring pioneers. I don’t think I begin to rise to that level.
“It’s still space exploration, but with the developments and the training, its dramatically different today. It’s far safer.
“The people I mentioned, their place in history is well earned and I’m just happy to represent Ohio and the Dayton area and maybe be a small part of it.”
Russia has been hosting tourists at the space station — and before that the Mir station — for decades. Just last fall, a Russian movie crew flew up, followed by a Japanese fashion tycoon and his assistant.
NASA is finally getting into the act, after years of opposing space station visitors.
“It was a hell of a ride and we’re looking forward to the next 10 days,” said former NASA astronaut and chaperone Michael Lopez-Alegria on reaching orbit.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.