TOKYO (Reuters)-Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa launched a search on Wednesday, hoping to join the eight people as the first private passengers of Elon Musk’s SpaceX trip around the moon.
He initially planned to invite artists to participate in a week-long voyage planned for 2023.
The redesigned project will “provide opportunities for more people from all over the world to join this journey. If you see yourself as an artist, then you are an artist.” Maezawa said.
The first stage of the selection process will last until March 1
The entrepreneur sold his online fashion business Zozo Inc. to SoftBank in 2019, and he will pay for the entire voyage of SpaceX’s next-generation reusable vehicle, the Starship.
Maesawa said in an interview: “I thought there might be a delay, but everything went according to plan.”
During the test, two of the latest interstellar spacecraft prototypes exploded, highlighting the risks of 45-year-old Maezawa and his colleagues. They must also deal with space travel on their first private journey beyond Earth’s orbit. pressure.
Maesawa said: “Elon Musk said there is no problem, I believe him.” SpaceX took the Falcon 9 rocket in November to transport four astronauts to the International Space Station.
Maesawa said that he did not participate in training-he expected to spend a few months at most-but is observing his alcohol intake and exercise, while spending a few hours a week thinking about tasks.
The fashion master said, “I’m just thinking about preparing,” wearing a Dior shirt and T-shirt, depicting the iconic 1968 Earthrise photo.
Maezawa said that seeing the entire earth and the other side of the moon will be the highlight of this trip. He had considered a trip to the International Space Station before choosing a more ambitious voyage to the moon.
A few days after SpaceX completed the latest $850 million fundraising, Musk said: “We hope this mission will enable mankind to take any step of humanity on Earth.” He completed the latest $850 million fundraising a few days later. This makes the businessman one of the richest people in the world.
Maezawa said that the cost of this trip is still consistent with SpaceX’s original contract. He declined to disclose the specific amount, but stated that he bought the painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat for more than $110 million.
Both Musk and Maezawa have established loyal followers on social media, and the latter’s cash gift has made him the most followed Twitter account in Japan.
Masayoshi Son recently introduced SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son to the audio app Clubhouse, and he said that he plans to do mission preparation on his YouTube channel, which will also provide videos of him playing golf and racing in Hawaii.
Last year, he launched a short documentary search to find a new girlfriend to join his journey, and then quit on the grounds of “mixed mood”.
Reporting by Sam Nussey; Editing by Gerry Doyle