U.S. Space and Rocket Center receives $10 million donation from astronaut + Space Camp alum—Here’s what it’ll fund

Space and Rocket Center
Space Camp’s facilities are about to grow by 40,000 square feet. (Hville Blast)

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center just received the largest ever single donation in the museum’s history!

Today, Rocket Center CEO Dr. Kimberly Robinson and Shift4 Founder and CEO Jared Isaacman announced Isaacman’s $10 million gift, which will fund a new Skills Training Center.

Read on for more information about Isaacman + the new facility.

PS: The U.S. Space and Rocket Center was recently named Southern Living’s Best Museum in the South.

Inspiration4 Skills Training Center

Space and Rocket
Fun for a whole new generation of Space Campers. (Hville Blast)

Isaacman’s gift will fund the Inspiration4 Skills Training Center, a 40,000-foot, hanger-style building that will feature the following:

  • Space + aviation simulators
  • An indoor pool
  • A netted drone space
  • Classrooms
  • Training challenge course

The building will not only provide a climate-controlled for Space Camp activities that were previously weather-dependent, but will also provide facilities for more trainees to be able to attend Space Camp year-round.

Isaacman will also donate an L-39 Black Diamond plane, which will be exhibited in the Skills Training Center.

About Jared Isaacman

Space and Rocket
One of Huntsville’s coolest spots. (Hville Blast)

Isaacman is CEO of Shift4, an end-to-end commerce platform that offers mobile and contactless tech, point-of-sale solutions, business analytics and more.

Isaacman is also a philanthropist, civilian pilot and commercial astronaut. He’s also an alum of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center Aviation Challenge, a Space Camp program focused on flight.

Last September, Isaacman commanded the first all-civilian space mission, Inspiration4. Isaacman was joined by Hayley Arceneaux, Chris Sembroski and Dr. Sian Proctor as they spent three days on a SpaceX Dragon rocket, ultimately raising $240 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The news comes as Space Camp celebrates its 40th anniversary this week.

Are you ready for a new Space Camp facility? Let us know your thoughts on social media by tagging @hvilleblast and using #hvilleblast.

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