UberEats has completed the first food delivery order to space. Canned food was delivered to the International Space Station on December 11th, at around 9:40 a.m. ET.
Yusaka Maeawa, a Japanese entrepreneur, traveled to the space station in the early morning of December 11th. He struck a deal with the delivery company and brought UberEats food with him. The meals included boiled mackerel in miso, beef bowl cooked in sweet sauce, and simmered chicken with bamboo shoots and braised pork.
The CEO of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi, had this to say: “One small handoff for Yusaku Maezawa, one giant delivery for Uber Eats! We’re over the moon to have helped make our first successful delivery to space. Our goal is to help people go anywhere and get anything, so we’re proud to serve the astronauts at the International Space Station. Yusaku Maezawa gets a thumbs up on this delivery, even though it took a bit longer than the usual 30 minutes to arrive.”
Maezawa will spend almost two weeks at the ISS with his assistant. So far, he stated that his experience with space travel was better than what he thought it would be.
$80 Million To Go to Space – How Much of That is the UberEats Fee?!
Kidding, kidding… those delivery fees are nothing to scoff at, though.
There has been criticism surrounding Maezawa’s decision to pay to go to space. He says it is worth it. Maezawa and company are the first space tourists since 2009.
The criticism about his space travel is over the price tag – a supposed $80 million for the 12-day trip. While barred from disclosing the full amount, he admits that it was “pretty much” in that range.
Obviously, recreational space travel is currently reserved for the super-rich. Money isn’t the only obstacle to enjoying a stay on the International Space Station, though. Maezawa mentioned the toll that space travel has had on this body. “It takes time for your body to adjust in this environment and the training for emergencies takes at least a few months. So, honestly speaking, it is only accessible for those who have time and are physically fit and those who can afford it. But we don´t know if that is still going to be the case in 10 years, 20 years time.”
In addition to his training, Maezawa says he felt motion sickness at first. He also had trouble getting to sleep. He didn’t even use the sleeping bag given to him. Apparently, motion sickness will fade after spending up to 5 days at the space station. Maezawa’s trip is the perfect duration, then – there is ample time to adjust to being in space, and plenty of time left over to enjoy the unique experience.