A flight into space for $200 million fundraiser



Jared Isaacman - An American billionaire has spent a large amount of money to buy the space flight package of the company SpaceX and plans to recruit 3 more companions on this trip.

The AP reported that the American billionaire Jared Isaacman bought the flight into space this year.  In addition to fulfilling his dream of going into space, Isaacman announced that he will use the trip to raise $200 million for Children's research hospital St. John's in the state of Tennessee, in which, you spend half the money.

 A flight into space with a $200 million fundraiser

Isaacman uses the trip to raise $200 million for St. John's hospital / ph: Jared Isaacman

A female medical staff working at St. John's Hospital was chosen to fly with Isaacman.  In addition, this billionaire claimed, anyone who donates to St. John's in February will be included in a random draw for the third seat on the flight.

 The fourth seat on the space flight will be given to a business owner using Shift4 Payments - Isaacman's secure payment company based in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

 "I really wish we were going to live in a world where 50 to 100 years from now, people will travel by rockets like the Jetsons cartoons and have families visiting the Moon with their children in space travel suits" Isaacman, who is about to turn 38 next week, told the AP.

 "I also think that if we live in such a world, we should find a way to tackle childhood cancer on the way to get there" Isaacman talks about the $200 million fundraiser for St. John's hospital.

 Isaacman bought an ad for the US Super Bowl Rugby to publicize the plan "Inspiration4" and the trip is scheduled for October, starting from Florida.

Isaacman describes the people who will accompany him on the SpaceX Dragon spaceship as a diverse group "from all walks of life".  The list of selected people will be announced next month.  SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk estimates the flight into space will last two to four days.

 Isaacman will not disclose how much money he will pay SpaceX, with the exception of stating that the proposed donation is made for St. John's is "far exceeds the cost of the mission."

 Isaacman is described as a space enthusiast from a young age.  He dropped out of school at the age of 16 and started out from the basement at his parents home and has built successfully the company Shift4 Payments.  He is also the founder of Draken International - the world's largest fleet of private fighters.

 $100 million that Isaacman pledged to give St. John's hospital is the largest ever donation ever made by an individual and is also one of the largest contributions to this hospital.

 Isaacman said that he and three companions will learn about each other before the flight into space takes place.

 He expressed his wish for the flight to go well.  "If something goes wrong, it hinders other people's ambitions to become commercial astronauts"  said Isaacman.

A flight into space for $200 million fundraiser

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