SpaceX will launch first all-civilian space flight this year

SpaceX will launch first all-civilian space flight this year

Shift4 Payments CEO and founder Jared Isaacman, the first named member of SpaceX's first all-civilian human launch. To that end, Isaacman is donating two of the three remaining seats on the craft to the public, and one of the ways to join Inspiration4 is by donating to the hospital.

"I'll be on a flight one day, but not this one", he said. SpaceX plans to use the Dragon dubbed Resilience - which is now attached to the International Space Station - for the private flight.

SpaceX makes yet another record by announcing the first only civilian crew space flight mission. He is a trained pilot and the chief executive of Shift4 Payments, which sells credit card processing terminals and point-of-sale systems.

Jared himself has purchased three seats of the Spaceflight trip.

The front line worker from St. Jude has already been selected and is a woman. Until then, the crew will receive training on the Falcon 9 launch rocket, Dragon vessel, spacesuit mechanics, emergency preparedness, and more. The other passengers aboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule - what Isaacman calls a diverse group "from everyday walks of life" - will be announced next month.

The fourth seat is earmarked for an entrepreneur who uses Isaacman's Shift4Shop e-commerce platform. Instead, applicants can donate to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for chances to win a seat on the flight.

"Today's announcement is the first step of a very exciting journey".

It's hard to argue against the impact that SpaceX has had on space flight over the last several years, and it doesn't appear that will cease anytime soon.

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Although the Inspiration4 Commercial Flight of SpaceX would not have clear agendas or tasks when it launches that day, it will lead the crew of four astronauts to orbit the planet when it enters orbit on a multi-day adventure.

In 2020, SpaceX returned America's ability to fly NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station for the first time since NASA's shuttle program ended in 2011.

"When you've got a brand new mode of transportation, you have to have pioneers", he added.

The mission will lift off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Details of the ride in a SpaceX Dragon capsule are still being worked out, including the number of days the four will be in orbit after blasting off from Florida.

Besides SpaceX training, Isaacman intends to take his crew on a mountain expedition to mimic his most uncomfortable experience so far - camping on the side of a mountain in bitter winter conditions.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet will be joining the mission as mission specialists.

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