After SpaceX was the first commercial space company to transport astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) last year, it will now send four tourists into orbit for the first time. This must be the first all-civilian space mission ever. The launch is scheduled for the end of this year.
The space mission will be led by Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of payment company Shift4 Payments. It also sponsors the other three seats on board. The Inspiration4 space mission aims to raise funds for a children’s hospital in the American city of Memphis, specializing in the treatment of cancer.
It’s still unclear who will sit next to Isaacman in the Dragon Pod. All seats on board are sold to people who can afford them. Astronauts will receive professional flight and space training from SpaceX, the company said in a statement. Press release.
The first commercial space trip will take a few days. In addition, the spacecraft orbits the Earth every 90 minutes. The launch and landing will take place in the US state of Florida.
In May of last year, SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, became the first commercial space company to launch astronauts with their own rocket and capsule. The company has performed several tests in recent years that have required the safe takeoff and landing of missiles. These tests have not always been successful.
The first space tourist to visit the ISS was Dennis Tito. The American entrepreneur has reserved a seat in a Soyuz capsule for $ 20 million. Isaacman will be the first citizen to visit the ISS in a utility vehicle.
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