Jared Isaacman: Did you catch the television advertisement of billionaire Jared Isakman on Sunday during the Super Bowl? He bought a 30-second spot to tell people about the “world’s first all-citizen” space mission. He dubbed Inspiration 4 all four seats on the upcoming SpaceX mission. Why? Well, this is all for a good reason! He is hoping to raise $ 200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to fight childhood cancer. He is so serious about this mission that he first donated $ 100 million himself. The mission will be aboard a SpaceX Dragon rocket and is set to launch in late 2021. Not only will this mission fulfill Isaacman’s goal of raising money for St. Jude, but it will also be the culmination of a dream. He was a young child since moving to space.
Since the first manned space flight in 1961, less than 600 people have gone into space. Now, in 2021, we are bringing a new era of space travel with an opening for commercial flights for regular people (who can afford it). Jared Issacman will be one of the first non-astronauts to travel to outer space. He and three others will be the first passengers of several commercial space flights. Inspiration 4 will revolve around the Earth. So who is Jared Isaac?
Jared Isakman was born on February 11, 1983 in New Jersey. He attended high school in the Far Hills in Somerset County, New Jersey. As a young teenager, Jared began working on technical support and repairing computers. By the time he was 16, he received a full-time job offer from one of his clients and decided to leave high school to pursue the opportunity. He got his GED and was on his way.
He founded his first company in 1999 outside his parents’ basement. The company evolved into a retail payment processing company called United Bank Card in 2005. The company was later renamed Harbort, and for the third time Shift4Payments was renamed. The company is a point-of-sale payment company similar to PayPal. Isaacman is the founding CEO and remains the CEO to this day. By 2020, Shift4Payments was paying $ 200 billion a year in payments every year for one-third of the USS restaurants and hotels for fast-food chains such as Hilton, Four Seasons and KFC and Arby.
Isakson is also a pilot. He co-founded Draken International in 2011 with Sean Gustafson and Scott Poetet. Draken trains pilots and provides tactical aircraft for the US Army. Draken has a fleet of about 70 fighter jets, largely considered the world’s largest privately owned air force. Isaacman used to fly with the Black Diamond Jet team with the civilian aerobatic flying team.
Ishasan is married to two daughters and feels an unending thirst for adventure. In 2008, Isakson attempted to set a world record for flying around the world in a light jet as part of a fundraising event for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He lowered his target with a flight time of 83 hours. The current record at that time was 82 hours. He tried again the following year and did it. He aired the globe in a light jet in just 61 hours, 51 minutes, and 15 seconds – 20 hours more than the previous world record. The effort was also a fundraising event for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey. Isaacman flew a Cessna Citation CJ2 in his world record flight. In his second attempt, he stayed in Japan and India, where he faced long delays on the ground during his 2008 attempt at a world record.
Isakman is also a self-trained “space geek” who has dreamed of going on space flight since childhood. This is the main reason he missed the chance to be a passenger on SpaceX’s first commercial space flight. He bought all four seats on the Dragon capsule at an undisclosed price, although he has commented that it was less than the $ 200 million raised for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. So far, the identity of the other three passengers is unknown. The first is a female, a healthcare worker at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The second passenger for the third seat on Inspiration 4 will be the one who has donated to St. Jude – anyone who donates by a certain date will be entered into a random drawing. (Note: My mom told me that she had recently donated to St. Jude and I told her that it would be recorded in this drawing.) The final seat would go to a business owner to use Shift4Payments. The identity of the three passengers will be revealed in March. The spacecraft will orbit the Earth in a journey that is expected to take between two and four days.