Polaris Program providing internet connectivity to five under-served countries, improving global pediatric healthcare

Polaris Dawn crew travelling to the Philippines, delivering Starlink to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital partners

The crew of the Polaris Dawn mission visit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Thursday, July 21, 2022.

Jared Isaacman, Mission Commander of Polaris Dawn, continues his support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® by donating 10 Starlinks to children’s cancer institutions in Chile, Peru, Brazil,
Mozambique, and the Philippines. SpaceX’s Starlink provides high-speed, low-latency broadband
internet to locations where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable.
The donation is on behalf of the Polaris Program, a set of three planned human spaceflight missions
led by Isaacman. He and the Polaris Dawn crew will travel to the Philippines in mid-April to make one of
these deliveries in person at the Southern Philippines Medical Center.

What will Starlink provide?

  • Connecting communities in need: In many developing countries, fewer than 1 out of 5 children
    diagnosed with cancer will live. The donated Starlinks will help address this problem by
    facilitating telehealth consultations between institutions that enable doctors to share treatment
    recommendations, review diagnostic images, and conduct patient education.

What’s the link to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital?

  • The Polaris Program selected St. Jude as the philanthropic partner to continue to help improve
    global survival rates for childhood cancer. In 2021, Isaacman helped raise $250 million for St.
    Jude as part of Inspiration4, the first all-civilian private spaceflight to orbit the Earth.
  • Three of the countries – Chile, Brazil and the Philippines – receiving Starlinks this April are
    home to partners of St. Jude Global, a network of medical and fundraising institutions striving to
    reduce disparities and improve access to healthcare for children with cancer worldwide

For more information on this unique space mission, go to Polaris Program.

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