Starting from a tweet sent to Elon Musk at the end of 2020, Philippe Croizon's spatial dream is gradually taking shape.
The next step is the take-off of Inspiration 4, the first space tourism mission, which he will attend from Cape Canaveral on September 15.
"It's crazy, and it cost me a tweet!"
jokes, recalling that nothing is impossible.
hello @elonmusk I am a famous French adventurer without arms or legs!
Send me into space to show once again that anything is possible!
- Philippe Croizon (@PhilippeCROIZON) November 20, 2020
He has also just spent three days in Toulouse thinking about the conditions for a possible space trip.
In particular with the Haut-Garonnaise company Comat, which designs and supplies spatial mechanisms, to invent prostheses that would allow it to move in space.
“There, we really get into the concrete.
The discussions were very rich, ”smiles Philippe Croizon, stars in his eyes.
The idea is to arrive in Florida with tracks to offer.
Research that could also be useful for people with disabilities on Earth.
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He who does not say he is disabled but “otherwise capable” welcomes the fact that Esa and Nasa have opened their enrollment in training programs to become an astronaut to people with reduced mobility. “Today, what was impossible a minute before has become possible,” insists the man who has already crossed the Channel and linked the 5 continents by swimming. But before setting off, Philippe Croizon keeps his feet on the ground. “If that doesn't happen, that's okay. I am already the happiest. The Cité de l'Espace is a source of happiness for my scientific culture. Entering Cnes, the place of those who are part of history, is a slap in the face. Also hoping to make history by becoming the first disabled person in space. "