SpaceX aims to make progress in space and on Earth with its new venture, the Polaris Program. And the team behind couldn’t be more delighted.
The Polaris Program is a joint effort involving SpaceX and Jared IsaacmanTech entrepreneur and billionaire who sponsored and directed Inspiration4 Orbital crew benefits St. Children’s Research Hospital. Jude in September 2021. Polaris aims to conduct three crewed missions to space, ultimately culminating in the first crewed flight of SpaceX’s Starship vehicle. The show will also watch first SpaceX astronauts make flights, launch new space suits and more.
The show’s first mission, Polaris Dawn, has no set launch date, but Commander Isaacman is poised to return to the final frontier.
“I am deeply passionate that we can make meaningful progress toward a world we all want to live in the future, while working to address the challenges and difficulties of today. today. It doesn’t have to be one or the other, but in fact it can be both,” said Isaacman at a press conference today (February 14).
The series of three missions is named after what humans have long called the “North Star”, which is actually a system of three different stars. The mission will see Isaacman fly alongside SpaceX employees Sarah Gillis and Anna Menon as well as pilot Scott Poteet.
“I can’t tell you how honored I am to work with such an accomplished team of staff that I have so much faith in and respect for,” Isaacman said today.
Isaacman previously funded Inspiration4, raising more than $240 million for the research hospital. He shared that he will also fund the Polaris missions.
These missions will also see the first spacewalk from SpaceX Crew Dragon spaceship (before the crew was launched Spaceship). This planned Exceptional Operation (EVA) is part of the impetus for SpaceX to deliver new spacesuits. And, as Isaacman discussed today, SpaceX is developing and testing new spacesuits that will be used in Polaris.
“There’s an amazing team of brilliant engineers working on the spacesuit,” said Menon, a lead engineer for space operations at SpaceX and Polaris Dawn mission specialist. It was fun to work together as their design was rolled out”.
Excitement from the team
“Am I addicted to space?” Isaacman said when asked if that was true. “Obviously I’ve loved aeronautics and spaceflight all my life, and I just feel incredibly fortunate to actually be almost a fly on the wall with everything SpaceX is accomplishing and the what they hope to bring.”
And, as Isaacman shared his excitement, so did the rest of the crew.
“I served 20 years in the Air Force flying an F-16. Most recently, I was one of the directors of Inspiration4 and I am proud to be here for the opportunity to be a mission pilot for Polaris Dawn. ” said Poteet.
“This mission is definitely going to be super exciting given the new training we need to put together to support the mission. We’ll be learning throughout the development of the suit and it will help identify What we’re going to do, said Gillis, an engineer, SpaceX’s top astronaut trainer and mission specialist on Polaris Dawn.
“I’m truly moved and humbled to be a part of the Polaris Dawn crew and represent our incredible team at SpaceX. I’ve worked for both NASA and SpaceX and in both places. supporting our astronauts on this mission. I’m happy to be on the other side,” Menon said.
“We are both really supportive of each other’s aspirations and truly delighted to support each other as we both go through our individual endeavors as a family,” added Menon, husband Anil Menon recently. was announced as NASA’s astronaut candidate.
Building the future
Isaacman noted that the Polaris missions will focus on research to benefit not only future discovery but also life on Earth.
As Isaacman shared, all three Polaris missions “include an extensive list of scientific studies and payloads aimed at testing next-generation technologies that will aid humans in long-term spaceflight.” future limits and inspire the world of all possibilities at the great frontier.”
To achieve these scientific goals, the program will raise funds for St. Jude, as Inspiration4 has done, will also work with the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical School and other partners.
And both SpaceX and Isaacman believe in the future that research holds.
“This program is purposefully designed to enhance long-term spaceflight capabilities and guide us toward our ultimate goal of facilitating the exploration of Mars,” Isaacman said. . “Perhaps one of the most important points to reinforce here is the overwhelming belief that we can make progress in space for tomorrow.”
Additionally, while this is a separate partnership between SpaceX and Isaacman, the work is focused on benefiting space flight and exploration in general.
“This isn’t just about SpaceX,” Gillis said today. “Hopefully it really opens up space accessibility for everyone.”
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