Seattle startup founder lobbies for seat on SpaceX craft that will take civilian crew to orbit
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Seattle startup founder lobbies for seat on SpaceX craft that will take civilian crew to orbit

Austin Hirsh, founder of Seattle-based The 2050 Company, in his video promoting himself as a viable candidate for a civilian mission to space. (Twitter via @AustinHirsh)

The founder of a bootstrapped Seattle startup who launched his company on Kickstarter is looking to hitch a ride to space with a tech billionaire, and he’s using a video on Twitter to plead his case.

Austin Hirsh, the 23-year-old University of Washington graduate and founder of The 2050 Company, wants to be in one of four available seats when SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft heads to orbit, possibly as early as this year. The civilian space mission, called Inspiration4, is being bankrolled in part by Jared Isaacman, the 37-year-old founder and CEO of…

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