Florida.- Two winners of a contest, a health worker and a millionaire sponsor of the project, are the civil crew of the spacex space flight that it will spend three days in orbit going around the world taking a step towards space tourism.
It is the first private space flight and without the participation of professional astronauts, which took off from the mainland this Wednesday with two men and two women aboard the same Dragon capsule that will turn from an orbit higher than 160 kilometers than the one. International Space Station and then it will land in the sea off the coast of Florida this weekend.
Meet the protagonists of the mission
Jared Isaacman He is the creator of the company Shift4 Payments in 1999 whose purpose is to provide solutions in payment processing and which currently has more than 1,200 employees.
The businessman has a fortune of 2.4 billion dollars and his passion is to fly, which is why he is also a pilot of commercial and military aircraft, with which he holds world records; He is also an aerobatic pilot and, as such, has participated in more than 100 air shows of the Black Diamond Jet Team group.
He is a co-founder of the world’s largest air force, Draken International, where pilots are trained for the United States Armed Forces.
“Someday in the future, 50, 100 years from now, there will be a lunar base, probably also a kind of Martian colony. But you have to start somewhere and I think that when this mission is accomplished, people will see it and say it was the first time that ordinary people could go to space, “he said last March.
Hailey Arceneaux is a medical assistant in one of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital centers, where she was treated and cured of bone cancer that was diagnosed when she was 10 years old, she is a woman who hopes to show what cancer survivors can do .
The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospita is the one that will benefit from the funds raised with the Inspiration mission.
Chris Sembroski He is an aeronautical engineer and ex-military. He was an advisor to the US Space Camp where he carried out simulated space shuttle missions; He served in the United States Air Force until 2007 with which he was stationed in Iraq.
During his growth he showed curiosity about outer space, he used to spend nights looking at the stars and launching high-powered model rockets increased his interest.
Sian Proctor is a geoscientist, explorer, and science communication specialist with a passion for space exploration, directly related to her father who worked at NASA’s tracking station during the Apollo missions.
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The geoscientist has a pilot and diver license, has carried out activities in simulated space conditions and was a finalist in the 2009 NASA Astronaut Program, was a professor for 20 years at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix and is now coordinator of Open Educational Resources for the Maricopa Community College District.