SpaceX is planning to take people around the moon in the years to come as a holiday excursion (of sorts). On the first flight of the SpaceX moon voyage will be Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire. But he has bought two tickets and is looking for a “female partner” to join him on this historic trip. On his website he is promoting a campaign that sells the opportunity in a ‘Bachelor’ style contest, and also makes it clear that he is looking for a significant other, not just a travel companion.
According to the site he has a long-held dream of going to space, and adds that “he wants to visit such a special place together with a special someone.”
Of course, this whole process will be documented in a reality show called “Full Moon Lovers” that is set to air on Japanese television. The entry criteria isn’t too specific, simply stating that is it open to single women over the age of twenty, that want to enjoy life to the fullest and have bright personalities, and want world peace. O, and needs to be interested in going to space.
We don’t know how much he paid back in September 2018 for the privilege of being the first person on this journey around the moon (but doesn’t land on the moon), but it was “sizeable.” According to Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, the amount was enough to partially pay for the development of the vehicle, saying at the time: “He puts his money where his mouth is. He’s legit.”
The vehicle is called Starship and can carry 6-8 people, depending on the layout that is ultimately chosen. It is expected to start flying in Q1 2020, according to Musk. The Starship needs a separate booster rocket, called the Super Heavy, to get the vehicle to deep space. And there’s still a fair share of details SpaceX needs to sort out in order to make sure Starship can keep people safe during space voyages.