A college science professor and a space data analyst were named Tuesday to orbit a team of four for a SpaceX launch into orbit planned for later this year.
The two most recent Citizen astronauts were unveiled at a news conference live from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida by SpaceX human spaceflight leader Benji Reid and billionaire entrepreneur Jared Isaacman.
Isaac Mann, founder and CEO of e-commerce company Shift4Payments, has donated unspecified but implicit amounts to fellow billionaire and SpaceX owner Elon Musk. To fly himself and three other people into orbit In the SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule.
The flight, which was not scheduled before September 15, is expected to last three to four days from launch site to splashdown.
“Once this mission is complete, it’s the first time people have seen it and everyday people go into space,” Isaacman, 38, told reporters.
This work, called Inspiration 4, is primarily designed to raise awareness and support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a leading pediatric cancer center, one of Isaacman’s favorite causes. He has personally pledged $ 100 million to the company.
Assuming the role of mission “commander”, Isaacman appointed St. Jude’s assistant physician in February. Haley Arkinax, a 29-year-old survivor of bone cancer At the Tennessee-based hospital, as his first employee.
Sweepstakes, winners of online business competition
Chris Chembroski, a Seattle area aerospace worker and U.S. Air Force veteran, announced Tuesday that 41,000 people had been selected through a sweepstakes, which attracted 72,000 applicants and raised $ 113 million in St. Jude donations.
Sean Proctor, 51, an entrepreneur and former NASA astronaut at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona, was selected individually through an online business competition run by Shift 4 Payments.
All four will undergo extensive training after the NASA Astronauts Curriculum to prepare for SpaceX missions.
The Inspiration 4 mission may mark a new era in space travel, but it is not just rocket launching for all citizens.
The Virgin Galactic Company of British billionaire Richard Branson is developing a spaceship to pay subscribers on excursions.
SpaceX plans to launch a separate launch of NASA astronaut, former Israeli fighter pilot and two others in partnership with Houston-based private space travel company Axiom Space.
Musk also wants Japanese billionaire Yusaku Mesawa will fly around the moon in 2023. The fares charged for those flights will help fund Musk’s development of a new, heavy-lift starship rocket to travel to the moon and Mars.
Inspiration 4 is in the Joyride space of a billionaire, the organizers say, and the team will conduct a number of yet-to-be-determined scientific experiments during its brief journey.