SpaceX says it will launch four private individuals into orbit around the Earth for the Inspiration4 missionlater this year. The company not only made the announcement of "the world's first all-civilian mission,” but says the spacecraft will be commanded byJared Isaacman,the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments.
It's all a part of the company's plan to launch several private missions in the coming years, including plans to fly four people to the International Space Station on a 10-day trip early next year through Axiom Space, along with plans to fly four tourists on a five day "free-flyer" trip to orbit with Space Adventures by 2022.
But for Isaacman? Getting up in space isn’t just about doing something cool...it’s about raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Inspiration4 is the realization of a lifelong dream and a step towards a future in which anyone can venture out and explore the stars,” he says in a statement. “I appreciate the tremendous responsibility that comes with commanding this mission and I want to use this historic moment to inspire humanity while helping to tackle childhood cancer here on Earth.”
- How does that work? Isaacson is ponying up $100-million for St. Jude’s. During the month of February,members of the public can enterfor a chance to join the flight to space and support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude.CLICK HEREto find out more.