SpaceX will launch a spacewalk with an all-civilian crew this year

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Is a fairly standard question for kids, with a fairly standard set of unrealistic answers including, cowboy, movie star, and astronaut. However, one of those unlikely dreams is about to become much more realistic, thanks to the company alone. SpaceX plans to conduct its first-ever commercial spacewalk later this year, with only civilians, with no actual astronauts.

According to Digital trends, billionaire entrepreneur Jared Isaacman is said to be leading the spacewalk, who, you may recall, also served as SpaceX’s first all-civilian crew during their brief trip to orbit last year with the famed crew. Inspired4. Isaacman is the CEO and founder of Shift4 Payments, which apparently also landed him the responsibility of helping plan new space missions for the privately funded space program called Polaris.

Polaris Dawn will aim to function as Isaacman’s maiden voyage, with SpaceX’s commercial spacewalk part of a three-mission program using the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Crew Dragon capsule. This particular mission is scheduled for five days, with Isaacman and his crew poised to reach the highest altitude ever flown for crewed Earth orbit. The current holder of this title is NASA’s Gemini 11 mission of 1966, which was able to reach 1,374 km above the Earth.

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The Polaris Dawn crew should not only reach incredible heights, but also perform tests on the newly deployed Starlink satellites. Retired Air Force pilot Scott Poteet and two SpaceX engineers: Sarah Gillis and Anna Menon, will join the billionaire on this mission to fill out the four-man roster. They will be the first spacewalkers not to be supported by NASA or any other long-established space agency.

Going into space is already an exceptionally dangerous undertaking. Spacewalks only multiply this level of danger, even for those who specialize in this field. Between the risk of being hit by space junk, floating, or even just the terrifying levels of radiation, there’s probably a reason no one else has attempted this Michael Bay-like move. Armageddon.

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