SpaceX Sending the First All-Civilian Crew to Space in Late 2021, Chosen Through Online Competitions

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SpaceX will be launching four civilians on a Crew Dragon capsule into orbit during the fourth quarter of 2021.

Dubbed as “the world’s first all-civilian mission”, the spacecraft is on a mission to raise support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Named Inspiration4, the capsule will be commanded by Jared Issacman – founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments.

The three other seats will be given to crew members who will represent leadership, hope, generosity, and prosperity, according to a press release.

One seat is already reserved for a St. Jude ambassador. The other two will be given as prizes through online competitions. Running from February 1 to February 28, donors of St. Jude and customers of Issacman’s Shift4Shop can have a chance to win on Inspiration4’s website.

Once chosen, crew members will undergo training led by SpaceX. In a call with reporters after the announcement, Musk said NASA is aware of the mission “and is supportive.” (via CNBC)

Although it is a SpaceX mission, Inspriation4’s mission length and other similar parameters will be decided by Issacman. However, the assumed length will be two to four days.

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