Inspiration4 Raffle Winner Too Heavy to Fly to Orbit on SpaceX Crew Dragon

Inspiration4 crew in orbit. (Credit: Inspiration4)

For months everyone has wondered who it was who gave up his seat aboard the Inspiration4 commercial space mission to Chris Sembroski. Now we know. The New York Post reports:

Kyle Hippchen, 43, said he’s still struggling with the disappointment of learning that he could not claim his seat on the space flight last September since he weighs 330 pounds, above the 250-pound weight limit for the voyage.

“It hurts too much,” he said. “I’m insanely disappointed, but it is what it is.” 

Hippchen, a Florida-based captain for Delta’s regional carrier Endeavor Air, purchased about $600-worth of sweepstakes entries before he realized that he exceeded the weight limit.

With 72,000 entries in the random drawing last February, he didn’t believe he’d win.

Hippchen gave the ticket to his old college roommate Sembroski.

Shift4 Payments founder and CEO Jared Isaacman paid for the three-day orbital flight aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft in September. Sian Proctor and Hayley Arceneaux were also aboard the flight.