SpaceX, branded Elon Musk, plans to launch its first fully civilian crew into space later this year. In addition to the captain, trained pilot and technology entrepreneur Jared Isaacman, the other three seats are on board SpaceX Crew Dragon, and the proceeds will be donated to charity.
Isaacman, CEO of Shift4 Payments, has offered $ 100 million to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, which is mainly engaged in cancer research, and wants to raise an additional $ 200 million by selling the chairs. Together with the three selected, they will represent the main pillars of the mission, such as “leadership, hope, generosity and prosperity,” the announcement stated.
Musk says they are reaching an important milestone that after that, the wonderful world of space becomes more and more accessible to everyone. SpaceX aims to reduce costs so much over time that space tourism is accessible to all.
The mission, called Inspiration4, will launch from SpaceX 39A, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Prior to flight, crew members receive special training in orbital mechanism, microgravity operation, zero gravity, and all forms of stress testing. The two men say this period will be long enough for them to get to know each other thoroughly before they lock themselves in the cramped cabin of Crew Dragon. The four-member crew will spend five days in space as planned, orbiting the Earth along a personalized flight path
Crew members must be physically and psychologically fit for training, according to the recruitment description. He is 190 centimeters tall and is open to applicants under 100 kg body weight. Musk says anyone who can handle Florida’s Incredible Hulk roller coaster may be a good candidate. If the mission is delayed, crew members will be fined $ 150,000.
SpaceX has already carried humans into space, but they were trained astronauts, and the state funded the trip to the International Space Station (ISS). And the current charity space is just the beginning, the company is also planning an Ax-1 mission by the end of 2021, which would also take four private astronauts off Earth for $ 55 million each, including an eight-day ISS stay.
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