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Billionaire, cancer survivor… SpaceX ready for all civilian crew – Naveen Bharat

WASHINGTON: For the first time on Wednesday, SpaceX is due to send a crew made entirely of novices into orbit, without a professional astronaut. The four passengers are supposed to mark the opening of space for all, giving the mission its name: Inspiration 4. a billionaire, Jared Isaacman, behind the project. It was he who hired the mission at his own expense, instead going through the original selection process by inviting three unknown people to join him. Each seat is assigned to represent a specific value.
Isaacman, 38, is the CEO of e-commerce firm Shift4 Payments. The mission was primarily conceived to garner support for one of his favorite causes, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. His seat represents “leadership”.
will be accompanied by a medical assistant Hayley Arcinex, a former hospital patient who was treated for bone cancer in childhood. At 29, she will be the youngest American to be sent into orbit around Earth, and the first person to go into space with a prosthesis. She will be the mission’s “medical manager” and her seat represents “ASHA”. As part of a competition by Isaacman’s company by creating an online sales site related to space, 51-year-old geoscientist Sean Proctor won his seat, which represents “prosperity.” Proctor, once NASA The astronaut candidate would be only the fourth African American woman to go into space. Chris Sambrowski, a US Air Force veteran who served in Iraq and now works in the aeronautical sector, was selected for his donation at the St. Jude fundraiser. His seat represents “generosity”.
Despite some largely honorary titles, the Inspire 4 crew would have no role in the operation of the spacecraft – Isaacman is the mission’s “commander” and Proctor is the mission’s “pilot”, given that they are both licensed pilots. Huh. All four will ride in a fully automatic Dragon Capsule, just like what SpaceX uses to send astronauts to NASA from the International Space Station. But the chartered flight will not go there. Once in orbit, the crew will conduct medical experiments with “potential applications for human health on Earth.”
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