SpaceX aims to launch 'all-civilian' trip into orbit

The flight is expected for the fourth quarter SpaceX and Jared Isaacman said in a statement Monday

Isaacman has committed $100 million to St. Jude's as part of the Inspiration4 campaign, and will be looking to raise another $100 million or more from contributions made through the program.

According to the Musk, the mission will be an important milestone to make Space accessible to everyone and to "bring the cost down over time and make space accessible to all", the Verge reported. "And if we're going to continue making advances up there in space, then we have an obligation to do the same down here on Earth".

Isaacson said that contestants would make a video about their business and why they should be sent to space, and that the victor would be announced by an independent panel of judges.

"Things necessarily start off real expensive, because it's new technology at low volume, low production rates", he said.

The mission is bing called Inspiration4, and there's already a significant digital presence for it, including a website with a countdown timer.

However, only US-based participants will be considered.

"NASA has been briefed on this and has been supportive", Musk said.

The four-person crew will ride inside SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule, and they'll be carried into space by a Falcon 9 rocket.

SpaceX says that during the multi-day mission, the astronauts will orbit Earth every 90 minutes.

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken, left, and Douglas Hurley are seen inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft onboard the SpaceX GO Navigator recovery ship shortly after having landed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. While no donation is necessary to enter the drawing, people are encouraged to donate to St. Jude's and can earn more entries by doing so. Isaacman's business trained pilots for the U.S. Air Force, and he himself is a trained pilot certified on both commercial and military aircraft.

I feel like they could have opened this up to the world. In other words, Inspiration4 represents the first time that nearly any U.S. resident (and possibly even a non-citizen, according to Elon Musk) has a real opportunity to launch into orbit.

The spacecraft is now docked at the International Space Station, after carrying Japanese astronaut Noguchi Soichi and others there. With over 7,000 sales partners, the company securely processed more than $200 billion in payments volume for over 200,000 businesses in 2019.

"When you compare the two from a risk perspective, I'll take Dragon any day", Isaacman said.

"We're all going to get to know each other ... really well before launch", he said.

Isaacman later scratched his itch for adventure by learning to fly jets. He later set up Draken International, the world's largest private fleet of fighter jets.

Another person joining the mission will be an entrepreneur from Shift4Shop - a platform which helps people launch their businesses. Since a year ago, the capsule has been active when it was used to send 4 astronauts to the ISS on behalf of NASA.

The company has also sent its unmanned Dragon capsule up to the ISS on several occasions. You have to be pretty loaded to score a tourist spot on a spaceship...or you need to enter a raffle.