Not Just a Bunch of Old Rich Guys in Space

In my last post I talked, in part, about the four dudes that are flying to the International Space Station. Remember $55 Million each?

However, that won’t be the very first totally commercial crewed spaceflight. In fact, it isn’t totally commercial since the ISS is involved and so NASA is involved. Also, it’ll fly AFTER the the actually totally commercial crewed orbital flight.

Which will fly higher than the ISS.

Billionaire and pilot Jared Isaacman (yes, a YOUNG rich guy) of Shift4 Payments (NYSE: FOUR) purchased all four seats on a SpaceX Crew Dragon for the Inspiration4 orbital flight near the end of this year. The other three seats that he paid for will sit ordinary folks.

Yep. On the same theme as DearMoon, an upcoming Lunar flyby on the SpaceX Starship filled with artists and sponsored by a Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, Inspiration4 will be filled by the equivalent of you and me and is the first step towards true space tourism. They won’t fly in a sardine can like Soyuz either, since Crew Dragon was originally sized for eight but NASA made SpaceX change the design to land in the ocean, requiring a different tilt of the seats that wouldn’t allow for the other four.

The mission doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page yet, it will, but it does have a Twitter page to follow.

BTW, that mission name is exceedingly hard to search on. The word “Inspiration” gets tons of irrelevant hits.

That will change. The word “Inspiration” will soon mean “Spaceflight for everyone”.

Stay tuned, or better yet run to Twitter and follow @inspiration4x for news as it happens. At this writing, it has 5,170 followers.

Let’s bump that up a bit.


~ by Bill Housley on February 2, 2021.

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