Billionaire Jared Isaacman has bought an entire SpaceX flight and plans to take three random people with him to orbit the world in the fall of 2021. The act allows him to fulfill his dream of space flight as well as raise $ 200 million. St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Isaacman himself is donating $ 100 million. One person has been selected for three available seats. He is a health worker for St. Jude. One of the other seats will be given to the one who donated to St. Jude in February. Those people will be entered into a random drawing. The fourth seat will go to the owner of a business in Allentown, Pennsylvania, which uses Shift4 Payments, Isakman’s credit card processing company.
Isakman, 38, told The Associated Press:
“I really wish we lived 50 or 100 years from today in a world where people are jumping in their rockets like a Jetson and a family jumping around on the moon with their baby in a spaceship. Me Also think if we are going. Living in that world, we better conquer childhood cancer. “
The billionaire bought a Super Bowl ad to promote the Inspiration 4 mission. The mission is set to launch in October from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The journey will take place in the SpaceX Dragon capsule. He plans to announce the identity of the winner of the random drawing and the other two passengers in March. The flight will last two to four days. This will be the first private space travel trip. Elon Musk held a press conference on Monday at SpaceX’s California headquarters and said, “This is an important milestone towards enabling access to space for all.” He also said that while these private space flights are expensive, over time, the price will come down.
Isaacman did not say how much he was paying SpaceX. He noted that the effort to raise $ 200 million for St. Jude “exceeds the cost of this mission.” Isaacman will be the commander of the spacecraft for the mission and is excited to learn about the Dragon and Falcon 9 rockets. A former astronaut will fly to NASA with four civilians.
Four people aboard the dragon will undergo training in SpaceX before the flight. Isakman also plans to take his crew on a mountain expedition to live in tents on the side of the mountain during the coldest days of winter. He intends for four passengers to get to know each other well before launch. Isakman chose Musk’s SpaceX because it is a leader in commercial spaceflight. He has been feeling about private astronauts for years. In 2008, he went to Kazakhstan to land a Russian Soyuz with a tourist on board. A few years later, he was present at one of the last launches of NASA’s spacecraft. In November 2020, SpaceX invited him to the company’s second astronaut launch for NASA.
Isakman is a self-confessed “space geek” since kindergarten. On his way to become a billionaire, he dropped out of high school at 16 and received his GED. He started a business in the basement of his parents’ home which became the basic idea for Shift4 payments. In 2009, while raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he set a record of the speed of flying around the world. He then founded Draken International, the world’s largest private fleet of fighter jets. Isaacman is the owner of the former Russian MIG fighter jets as well as many others.
Isaacman’s $ 100 million donation to Memphis, Tennessee-based St. Jude is one of the largest as well as the largest overall donation by a single person.