SpaceX Announces Inspiration4 Mission to Support Children’s Cancer Research

SpaceX announces its Inspiration4 all-civilian space voyage in late 2021. The mission will be captained by Jared Isaacman, a 37-year-old entrepreneur is the world’s first all civilian space mission.

The Inspiration4 crew will consist of four crew members that SpaceX selected, representing the mission pillars of leadership, hope, generosity, and prosperity.

“Inspiration4 is the realization of a lifelong dream and a step towards a future in which anyone can venture out and explore the stars,” said Isaacman, the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments. “I appreciate the tremendous responsibility that comes with commanding this mission and I want to use this historic moment to inspire humanity while helping to tackle childhood cancer here on Earth.”

The crew will undergo commercial astronaut training by SpaceX on the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft.  Additional elements of their training will include courses on orbital mechanics, operating in microgravity, zero gravity, and other forms of stress testing.  After the completion of the first regimen of training, the crew will undergo emergency preparedness training, and partial- and full-mission simulations.

The Inspiration4 will launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  The spacecraft will orbit the earth in 90-minute intervals along a customized flight path before re-entering Earth’s atmosphere for a soft water landing on the coast of Florida.

Currently, Inspiration4 crew consist of Isaacman and a St. Jude ambassador. Others can enter for a chance to join the flight and support the work of St. Jude.

Thus far, Isaacman has publicly committed to give $100 million to St. Jude and is inviting others to help him raise an additional $100 million to accelerate medical research advancements.

Richard C. Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude said, “This partnership brings two missions together to create one incredible moment in time that will make an impact for years to come on the global effort to cure childhood cancer.”

To learn more about how you can support St. Jude Children’s Research hospital please visit https://www.stjude.org/

Source: Good News Network