Tuesday, February 23, 2021
SpaceX started “Inspiration4”
US medical assistant gets free space flight
The American billionaire Jared Isaacman books a space flight with the private space company SpaceX and is looking for three people to travel with. A 29-year-old doctor’s assistant is one of the lucky ones – but she will only be the second space tourist.
A 29-year-old US medical assistant who beat bone cancer as a child could potentially fly into space later this year. Hayley Arceneaux, who works at a children’s hospital in Memphis, will be part of the “Inspiration4” mission, which the US billionaire Jared Isaacman has booked with SpaceX, as the private space company announced.
Around four weeks ago, the 37-year-old billionaire, who made his money with the payment processing company Shift4 Payments, announced that he had booked a space flight with SpaceX – and that the remaining three places in it would be given for a good cause. SpaceX announced that the flight should start this year. In the past, however, the company repeatedly failed to meet deadlines it had set itself.
It would be the first mission where none of the participants are a professional astronaut employed by a space agency. It had previously been announced that four men from the USA, Canada and Israel should fly to the International Space Station as space tourists next year at the earliest. The Iranian-born Anousheh Ansari was the first space tourist to take a Soyuz spaceship to the ISS in 2006. She paid around 16 million euros for her space flight.
The US entrepreneur Larry Connor, the Israeli businessman and pilot Eytan Stibbe and the Canadian investor Mark Pathy were selected for the “Ax-1” mission, which the company Axiom Space is organizing together with the US space agency NASA and SpaceX. Former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria is to become the mission’s commander. According to media reports, the ticket for this mission will cost around $ 55 million (about 45 million euros).