Billionaire yusaku maezawa invited the public on Tuesday to apply for a spot on SpaceX’s starship in his private mission around the moon. The trip is currently slated for 2023, but that date might not hold hold hold.
I will be inviting 8 people to come along on the ride,’ says maezawa. The contest’s application went live.
Maezawa, the founder of Japan’s largest online fashion retailer, is worth about $ 2 billion. He was revealed as the first signed passenger back in 2018 during an event with CEO Elon Musk at SpaceX’s California headquarters.
‘these masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us,’ says maezawa. maezawa said the artists will be asked to create something after they return to earth.
In a YouTube video posted on Tuesday, maezawa said that plan’has since evolved’.’maybe every single person is doing something creative could be called an artist’.
Those who meet two criteria could get picked for the ride. They are’willing to support other crew members who share similar aspirations’.
In January 2020, maezawa launched a bizarre campaign to search for a’female partner’ who would accompany him on his trip around the moon. A website for the contest received 27,722 applications, and Japanese streaming service abematv was set to document the mission in a reality TV show called full moon lovers.
Spacex’s next-generation, fully reusable Mars rocket system is designed to ferry humans and 100 tons of cargo on future missions into deep space. One of two recent high-altitude tests flew as high as 7.8 miles over SpaceX’s starship facilities in Boca chica, Texas.
It will take three days to get to the moon, where starship will loop behind it and begin its three-day journey back to earth.
Last year, Musk said starship needs to’do hundreds of missions with satellites before we put people on board’. Spacex president Gwynne Shotwell called the 2023 moonshot date into question.