Isaacman is the CEO and founder of Shift4 Payments, a Pennsylvania-based payment processor company.
Isaacman is sponsoring the mission. His payment for the ticket was a $100 million donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Which he says “vastly exceeds the cost of the mission.”
“I truly want us to live in a world 50 or 100 years from now where people are jumping in their rockets, like the Jetsons and there are families bouncing around on the moon with their kid in a spacesuit,” Isaacman said in an interview with AP.
And he also purchased an ad that appeared in February’s Super Bowl which helped to fill the remaining seats on the mission.
We were aiming for badass with this video. https://t.co/DMuYLgmJmG
— Jared Isaacman (@rookisaacman) February 3, 2021
“We’re pushing boundaries in a number of areas,” Isaacman, told PEOPLE in an interview.
“We’re going farther than the space station as part of the mission, and we’re bringing along people like Hayley, who will have the first prosthesis in space.”
Hayley Arceneaux is a 29-year-old physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. She was the first Inspiration4 crew member chosen. On January 5th Isaacman asked her to serve the mission as a chief medical officer. And she represents Hope.