SpaceX announces its first Non-Astronaut Mission Commander

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“This is an important milestone towards enabling access to space for everyone.” 

Inspiration4 sets a precedent for space tourism

SpaceX has announced that it’ll launch the “world’s first all-civilian mission” commercial flight “Inspiration4.” with no astronauts on board. The crew consists of four private passengers on a Crew Dragon capsule.

“Inspiration4” will be commanded by Jared Isaacman,a  tech entrepreneur and CEO of Shift4Payments. Isaacman will be the first ever civilian to lead a space mission without formal astronaut training.

Jared Isaacman at SpaceX in Hawthorne, California. Photo by SpaceX.

This announcement is only a few days after another historical flight was announced by Axiom Space which will launch its “first private crew” to the International Space Station

The Inspiration4 will most probably be launched no later than the fourth quarter of 2021. Since the “Ax-1 mission” won’t take off before January 2022, Isaacman’s mission will fly first

“My passion for aviation and the dream of going to space has really been lifelong.” Isaacman said.

“This is an important milestone toward enabling access to space for everyone,” said Elon Musk in a call with reporters.

Elon added “Because, at first, things are very expensive, and it is only through missions like this that we’re able to bring the cost down over time and make space accessible to all.”

This bright note brings hope to everyone who’s dreaming about space travel that the future opportunities will be endless

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Jared Isaacman at SpaceX Headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

This pioneering mission will launch from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The crew will be on a “free flyer” journey and will not dock with the International Space Station..

The training will include a specific focus on orbital mechanics, operating in microgravity, zero gravity, and all necessary stress tests to guarantee crew safety. 

In an attempt to ensure that the crew will be prepared against all odds, they will receive emergency preparedness training, spacesuit and spacecraft ingress and egress exercises, as well as partial- and full-mission simulations.

SpaceX mission will be carefully monitoring the amateur astronauts every step of the way by control. The spacecraft will orbit the planet every 90 minutes on a customized flight path. 

Dragon will hopefully achieve a soft water landing off the coast of Florida at the end of the mission.

This mission isn’t only a huge milestone towards SpaceX’s goal to establish orbit tourism, but it also satisfies their hope to reuse Crew Dragon for purposes that are more than just regular NASA missions.

This remarkable step promises a market for orbital tourism where flying into orbit around Earth solely is an entire trip.

Mission Commander sends a humanitarian message and the public to Space

Tech Entrepreneur and Pilot Jared Isaacman, will Donate the other 3 Crew Seats with an invitation to the Public.

Inspiration4’s Humanitarian Message

Isaacman has pledged to grant St. Jude Children’s Research hospital a $100 million. The entrepreneur is encouraging the public to join the campaign in attempting to collect more than $200 million or more in support of St. Jude’s research advancements.

In a quest to save more children worldwide, he will also contribute additional support to the fundraiser by offering prizes such as flights in a military jet and flight gear.

St Jude earns the seats of hope and generosity

The first seat resembles the pillar of Hope. The first seat winner is a St. Jude ambassador with direct ties to the fundamental mission of St. Jude; hope, compassion and unity. 

The second seat will showcase the pillar of Generosity. Throughout February, any member of the public can enter the draw for a chance to win the second seat.

With as low as 10$, the participant of the draw will support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude.

Competition for Prosperity

Isaacman will hold another competition through Shift4 Payments to offer the fourth and final crew seat representing the prosperity pillar.

The winner of the fourth seat will be chosen from a list of deserving entrepreneurs who utilize the new Shift4Shop eCommerce platform.

Eligible entrepreneurs will showcase their businesses in a unique competition. The winner will be selected by a panel of independent judges by February 28, 2021


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