Just days after Axiom Space announced a plan to transport three private citizens to the International Space Station in early 2022 at a cost of $ 55 million each, SpaceX revealed its own space tourism adventure that will take four people into Earth orbit later this year.
The Inspiration4 mission, announced on Monday, February 1, will be led by Shift4 Payments founder and CEO Jared Isaacman, who has secured the exclusive flight under a private deal with SpaceX.
But here’s the really interesting part: Isaacman is donating the other three seats aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule to members of the general public.
It’s true, guys. You don’t need tens of millions of dollars for this once in a lifetime amazing experience, although you will need a lot of luck. And be an American citizen.
This mission allows access for ordinary people who dream of going to space
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 1, 2021
There are two ways to make yourself available for selection. The first is to make a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, in which case your name will be entered into the raffle. The second is to open an online store using Shift4Shop, then share your business story on Twitter, with a panel of judges selecting a winner.
The two winners will be notified on or around March 3 and announced publicly shortly thereafter.
The fourth seat will go to a former St. Jude patient who is now a medical staff member at the hospital, according to the Inspiration4 website.
Isaacman is an experienced jet pilot, qualified to fly dozens of commercial, military, and experimental aircraft, and will be trained as an Inspiration4 pilot-in-command.
The other three crew members will receive commercial astronaut training by SpaceX for the Falcon 9 launcher and the Crew Dragon spacecraft that will take them into Earth orbit on a journey that will last up to five days, ending in a landing off the coast of Florida. .
At the end of last month, Axiom Space announced that it would take a crew of individuals to the space station in 2022, also using SpaceX transport equipment.
The missions mark a major breakthrough for space tourism services that provide individuals with breathtaking experiences outside of Earth’s atmosphere.
Others aiming to get into the business include Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic, although their particular services will offer suborbital trips lasting just a few minutes and not exceeding the 100km Karman Line – generally considered the starting point of space.