Japanese billionaire entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa and his assistant Yozo Hirano would be the subsequent vacationers to journey to the Worldwide House Station (ISS), Russia’s house company Roscosmos stated Thursday.
Maezawa and Hirano will journey aboard a Russian “Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft that’s scheduled for launch on December 8, 2021 from the Baikonur cosmodrome” in Kazakhstan, the company stated in an announcement.
Maezawa, 45, who made his fortune in on-line retail, additionally plans to participate in a 2023 mission across the moon aboard a Starship spacecraft of SpaceX, the Roscosmos rival of US billionaire Elon Musk.
Maezawa and movie producer Hirano, who can be documenting the mission, will start pre-flight coaching in June on the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Coaching Centre in Star Metropolis, a closed city outdoors of Moscow, Roscosmos added.
It stated that the flight will final 12 days and the crew can be led by Cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin.
“I am so curious ‘what’s life like in house?’ So, I’m planning to search out out alone and share with the world on my YouTube channel,” Maezawa stated, as quoted by Roscosmos.
It is going to be the primary time that two of the three spots on a Soyuz house rocket can be occupied by vacationers.
The final time Roscosmos took a vacationer to the ISS was in 2009, with the flight of Canadian Man Laliberte, co-founder of Cirque du Soleil.
The resumption of those vacationer flights comes as Roscosmos misplaced its monopoly for ferrying crews to the ISS after a reusable SpaceX rocket final 12 months efficiently delivered NASA astronauts to house.