For a few hundred thousand euros, or a few million, wealthy earthlings can go into space. A tourism that accelerates at the speed of light. A retrospective of the main dates of this conquest of commercial space.
Even better than winning the lottery? This Thursday, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa revealed the names of the eight people who will accompany him in 2023 on a six-day space trip around the Moon. Starship, the SpaceX rocket that will be used for this mission, will be the most powerful ever built.
The mission, dubbed “dearMoon” (“Dear Moon” in French), was announced in 2018🇧🇷 Yusaku Maezawa had initially announced that he wanted to invite six to eight artists, before opening the spots for online submissions.
The eight chosen are American DJ and producer Steve Aoki, American YouTuber Tim Dodd, Czech artist Yemi AD, Irish photographer Rhiannon Adam, British photographer Karim Iliya, American documentary filmmaker Brendan Hall, Indian actor Dev Joshi and singer South Korean TOP. He also named two substitutess: American snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington and Japanese dancer Miyu.
A message from Yusaku Maezawa
This is not the first time that the billionaire, founder of largest online clothing store in Japan Zozotown, travel to space. Yusaku Maezawa visited the International Space Station last year in exchange for 10 billion yen ($73 million at the current conversion rate), depending on the medium.
These last few years, space tourism is accelerating🇧🇷 Two main players, in addition to Elon Musk’s SpaceX, are competing in the race for commercial flights to the afterlife: Blue Originthe company of Jeff Bezos, and virgin galactic, founded by Richard Branson. Back to the important dates of this new fashion for billionaires.
April 2001, first space tourist
He is the first to pay to go into space: in 2001, the American businessman Dennis Tito boards a Russian rocket bound for the International Space Station. At the time, aged 61, he became the first space tourist in history, in exchange for a paltry $20 million.
July 2021, first commercial flights into space
With nine days of difference, the two big companies that dream of conquering space launch, each one, its first commercial flight🇧🇷
This is Richard Branson and his company Virgin Galactic who launches the dance on July 11th, when he sends his ship and its passengers (including him) to an altitude of 80 km, an altitude fixed in the United States as being the “frontier” of space. A few minutes flight to admire the Earth, before descending.
On the 20th of July, it’s time to Jeff Bezos to fly aboard your rocket Blue Origin, for a flight similar to its competitor. If you are nine days behind Richard Branson, you can boast of having sent your passengers (and yourself) further: the capsule sailed for a few minutes 107 kilometers from Earth, that is, seven kilometers above the Earth. karman linethe boundary recognized by the International Aeronautical Federation between the Earth’s atmosphere and the rest of the Universe.
September 2021, first “space cruise”
Just two months behind its rivals, Elon Musk and his company SpaceX launches the Inspiration4 mission on September 16, the first in history to send only rookies into orbit, with no professional astronauts on board.
Unlike Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin flights, the Tesla boss’s takes its four passengers on a journey during three days in orbit🇧🇷
2023, six days around the moon
The next step, therefore, is a six-day flight around the Moon on a SpaceX rocket. Still under development, Starship will be the most powerful ever built. Although she had already successfully performed atmospheric flights and then managed to land, has not yet completed an orbital test flight🇧🇷 Its boss, Elon Musk, has repeatedly promised that it will be done before the end of 2022.