Japanese billionaire going to the moon will fly on Soyuz to the ISS
The Japanese entrepreneur and his assistant will be the first post-2009 space tourists to visit the ISS. The crew will be commanded by Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, RBC reports.
“Yusaku Maezawa began preparations for a mission to the International Space Station (ISS), having successfully passed the necessary medical tests. He and his business assistant, Yozo Hirano, are planning to fly on the Russian Soyuz MS-20 from the Baikonur cosmodrome on December 8, 2021, “the news agency clarifies, citing a statement from Space Adventures.
This organization specializes in space tourism. According to the published data, the flight will last 12 days.
The three-month training of the crew with the participation of Maezawa for the flight will begin in June at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Space Adventures said.
In March 2021, Maezawa announced the recruitment of a crew of eight for a joint flight to the moon. According to him, a total of 10-12 people will take part in the trip. A flight to the moon is scheduled for 2023, Maezawa said.
The Japanese billionaire is 45 years old and has founded a major Japanese online clothing store. For 2021, he is in the 30th position among the representatives of Japan according to Forbes magazine.
The Japanese intends to fly to the moon according to the program announced in 2017 by SpaceX. The fact that Maezawa will become the first tourist on the moon, the head of the American company, Elon Musk, announced in 2018.
Earlier it became known that the first full-fledged example of a humanoid robot for work in outer space, which will be created by Russian specialists, will appear within two years. It will be called “Teledroid”.