On Friday Jared Isaacman said that he has purchased all three SpaceX private flights that will carry him deeper into space. The mission is dubbed Polaris. Isaacman announced recently that Polaris Program is a collaboration with SpaceX which functions as a private astronaut office scheduling Crew Dragon flights.
Billionaire Jared Isaacman’s passion for becoming a space traveler started on September 16, 2021, when SpaceX’s first fully private mission Inspiration4’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule launched from Kennedy Space Center, on a three-day in and out flight, of low Earth orbit. Isaacman was the commander with a mission to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The crew included physician assistant Hayley Arceneaux, geology professor Sian Proctor, and engineer Chris Sembroski.
Although the price paid for the flight was never disclosed, the Inspiration4 cost was estimated for Isaacman as $240 million.
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Isaacman intends to fly again on the first Crew Dragon voyage, dubbed Polaris Dawn. He’s filling the remaining seats with two SpaceX employees, Sarah Gillis and Anna Menon, and Scott “Kidd” Poteet, a former Air Force pilot and Inspiration4 mission director. This flight also would raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
He told the Today Show the Polaris Dawn flight will go “farther into space than humans have gone since we’ve last walked on the Moon.”
The flight will take the four-person crew through the Van Allen Belts, a zone of radiated particles trapped in Earth’s magnetic field that extends deep into space.
Polaris Dawn will include a spacewalk, which would be the first commercial ever conducted. The walker will wear a new type of spacesuit designed for spacewalks, c based on the pressure suits flyers wear on the Crew Dragon.
The flight would also test out SpaceX’s Starlink “laser-based communications in space,” tapping into the massive satellite constellation the company is building to provide global broadband coverage.
In a press conference, Isaacman expressed an interest in flying on two follow-up trips. “If we accomplish our objectives on Polaris Dawn and do not disappoint, I will be considered for future Polaris missions,” he stated.
Jared Isaacman, 39, is a businessman with a fortune of $1.9 billion according to Forbes. He is a pilot and commercial astronaut.
When he was 16-years-old, In 1999, Isaacman launched the payment processing startup in his parents’ basement in New Jersey, United Bank Card. The company was later renamed Harbortouch, and becomes Shift4 Payments in 2020. The company’s profit for over a decade was $11 billion. By 2020, the company had handled more than $200 billion in payments yearly. He served as CEO until 2015.
in 2009, at the age of 26, with five years of experience as a military jet aircraft pilot and Air show pilot, Isaacman set a world record for circumnavigating the globe.
In 2012, he co-founded Draken International, a Florida-based company that trains pilots for the United States Armed Forces. The company operates one of the world’s largest fleets of privately owned fighter jets.