Today, Space Adventures, Ltd., the only company that provides human space missions to the world marketplace, announced that Satoshi Takamatsu has signed a contract for a future orbital spaceflight mission.
“I have thoughtfully considered as to when I should realize my dream of spaceflight and have come to the conclusion that the art projects that I would like to perform in space require cutting-edge technology both in hardware and software. I need to dedicate myself to these projects and prepare diligently for them and that cannot be satisfied before the next launch in September. Therefore, I will wait until the moment is right for me,” said Mr. Takamatsu.
“Since January, Satoshi has been in spaceflight training as a member of the Soyuz TMA-18M backup crew and we are proud of the work that he has accomplished thus far. Based on his decision to plan for a future space mission, he has stepped down from the backup crew. He is continuing his training to be certified as a ‘fully-trained spaceflight participant cosmonaut’ that will convey toward his qualification for a future flight to the International Space Station,” said Tom Shelley, president of Space Adventures, Ltd. “We hope that he realizes his dream of launching to space in the next 2-4 years.”
About Satoshi Takamatsu
Takamatsu began his career at Dentsu, Inc., the largest advertising agency in Japan. In 2005, he started his own firm, GROUND, and serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Creative Officer. Takamatsu is a pioneer in non-conventional advertising campaigns and has received many accolades including awards from Cannes Lions, Grand Clio, Grand Prix, LIA and NYADC. He is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SPACE FILMS and SPACE TRAVEL. Space Films is a production company that provides end-to-end assistance for all commercial space film projects, with assistance from the Russian, U.S. and Japanese space agencies. Space Travel is the first Japanese space travel agency.
About Space Adventures
Space Adventures, the company that organized the flights for the world’s first private space explorers, is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metro area, with an office in Moscow. It offers a variety of experiences such as the availability today for spaceflight missions to the International Space Station and around the Moon, as well as cosmonaut training and spaceflight qualification programs. The company’s orbital spaceflight clients include Dennis Tito, Mark Shuttleworth, Greg Olsen, Anousheh Ansari, Charles Simonyi, Richard Garriott and Guy Laliberté.