SpaceX Announces First Mission With An All-Civilian Crew!

On Monday, SpaceX announced they have plans for the first all-civilian mission to space!

The mission aboard SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will feature a four-person crew led by Jared Isaacman, the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, a processing company from Pennsylvania.

The other crew spots will be donated to a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital “ambassador,” and a member of the public who enters for a chance to join the trip. The fourth spot will be made available through a contest with Isaacman’s Shift4Shop platform.

There have been privately paid trips into space before, however they’ve either been led NASA astronauts or Russian cosmonauts.

“When you’ve got a brand new mode of transportation, you have to have pioneers,” SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk.

The crewmembers will undergo training by SpaceX, including mission simulations for emergency preparedness and how to handle orbital mechanics during their flight.

The trip is slated for late-2021 and will see the spacecraft make a “multi-day” trip into Earth’s orbit.

Read more at CNN.com


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