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|Published:||April 14, 1993|
|Origin:||A comment presented at JRS Space Tourism Study Conference held on April 14, 1993. Edited and translated into English from taped transcript originally in Japanese. Originally published in the Journal of Space Technology and Science, Vol.9 No.1 '93 spring, pp.21-23|
I was introduced as the first fare-paying passenger to travel to space. But I would like to add a few comments about this view. In the case of the Space Shuttle, satellite companies that are the customers pay for Shuttle missions to launch their satellites, which usually include expenses required for payload specialists who go to space accompanying the satellites. In my case, the main mission that I accompanied was a broadcasting business project instead of a satellite launch. In this respect, I was not the first fare-paying passenger in space, but rather my flight was unique because it was a private enterprise outside the space industry.
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