Billionaire bought trip around the moon for himself and his wife on Starship

(ORDO NEWS) — The world’s first private space tourist decided to return to space, this time with his wife. He purchased two tickets to travel around the moon in SpaceX’s Starship.

At the moment, there is no exact date for the launch of the mission, but seats are still available, so you can contact SpaceX and join the crew.

Recall that so far, Starship has not conducted a single test orbital flight, so the mission is definitely not planned for the near future.

The world’s first space tourist

Billionaire Dennis Tito is a former NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist and now an investment banker.

In 2001, he purchased the first private flight to the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket.

In an interview with Ars Technica, Tito said he didn’t think he would ever get another chance to return to space or fulfill his dream of flying to the moon.

However, he changed his mind when he visited the SpaceX headquarters with his wife Akiko Tito last year. After the tour, the couple began to discuss the possibility of flying.

The couple announced that they have purchased 2 of the 12 seats aboard one of Starship’s planned space flights. Akiko has every chance of becoming the first woman to fly on a Starship.

At present, their journey depends on the further development of Starship’s capabilities as SpaceX prepares to make the first orbital test flights of a super-heavy launch vehicle in the near future.

SpaceX has said Starship won’t be ready for manned Earth flight until at least 2025, but the billionaire said he wouldn’t mind waiting.

First orbital flight of the Starship system

The Starship, or rather the Ship 24 version of it, will launch on a Super Heavy rocket known as the Booster 7 (if all goes well after the incident).

Both Starship and Super Heavy are equipped with next-generation SpaceX Raptor engines. The spacecraft is equipped with six Raptors and the booster has 33 thrusters, SpaceX revealed in a tweet.


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