WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Uber Eats made its first delivery to outer space, becoming the first delivery service to send food to the ISS.
- Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa blasted to space Wednesday and gave ISS astronauts Uber Eats bag filled with ready-to-eat canned beef.
- Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said “Maezawa gets a thumbs up on this delivery, even though it took a bit longer than the usual 30 minutes to arrive.”
Uber Eats completed its first delivery in space after Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa handed out food to astronauts in the International Space Station (ISS).
Maezawa, who previously bought tickets on a SpaceX rocket, blasted into space on Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a 12-day trip to the ISS.
After his nearly nine-hour rocket ride to the ISS, Maezawa on Saturday hand-delivered Japanese food via Uber Eats to astronauts currently stationed there, the company said in an emailed statement to Insider.
It’s now the first food delivery service to send food to the ISS, the company claimed in the statement.
The canned food, which was ready-to-eat, included a beef bowl cooked in a sweet sauce, boiled mackerel in miso, chicken with bamboo shoots, and braised pork, Uber Eats said.
“One small handoff for Yusaku Maezawa, one giant delivery for Uber Eats!” said Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in the statement. “Maezawa gets a thumbs up on this delivery, even though it took a bit longer than the usual 30 minutes to arrive.”
Maezawa told the Associated Press on Monday that reports on him spending $80 million on his trip were “pretty much” accurate.
Before he flew to the ISS, the fashion tycoon said on Twitter that he will give away money from space.
Maezawa made headlines in 2018 when he bought all the seats on SpaceX’s first tourist flight around the moon scheduled for 2023.
He is currently worth $3.4 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Source: Business Insider