Billionaire Buys SpaceX Orbital Flight | WABNEWS

CAPE CAÑAVERAL, FLORIDA, USA – An American billionaire who made a fortune with technology and fighter jets says he will buy an entire SpaceX flight, and plans to take three “common” people with him to turn the world around. world this year. In addition to fulfilling his dream of flying in space, Jared Isaacman announced Monday that he intends to use private travel to raise $ 200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, saying that half of that will come from his pocket. A hospital worker has already been selected for the mission. Anyone who makes a donation to St. Jude in February will be entered into a drawing for the third seat. The fourth will be for an entrepreneur using Shift4 Payments, Isaacman’s credit card processing company in Allentown, Pennsylvania. “I really want that in 50 or 100 years we live in a world where people can get on their rockets like in the television series The Jetsons (The Jetsons) and that there are families jumping on the moon with their children”, Isaacman, who turns 38 next week, told The Associated Press. SpaceX announces partnership to send tourists to deep orbit SpaceX announces partnership to send tourists to deep orbit “I also think that if we are going to live in that world, we better defeat childhood cancer in the meantime,” he added. The billionaire bought an ad to air during the NFL’s Super Bowl to publicize the mission, dubbed Inspiration4 and slated to launch in October from Florida. The other passengers aboard SpaceX’s Dragon capsule, which Isaacman describes as a diverse group of “day-to-day people,” will be announced next month. SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk expects the flight to last two to four days. Isaacman’s trip is the most recent deal to be announced for private space travel and is the first on the track for an orbital trip. “This is an important milestone in enabling access to space for everyone,” Musk said during a news conference Monday from SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Although expensive, these first private flights will lower prices over time, Musk noted. Last week, a Houston company revealed the names of three entrepreneurs who will pay $ 55 million each to fly to the International Space Station in January next year aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule. And a Japanese businessman has an agreement with SpaceX to fly to the Moon. In the past, space tourists had to travel to the space station on Russian rockets. Isaacman did not disclose how much he will pay SpaceX, only saying that he expected the donations to St. Jude to “far exceed the cost of the mission.”