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How did the idea for the film come about?

On the back page of a newspaper I read a brief article about a Japanese IT billionaire who wanted to fly to the International Space Station with a Soyuz rocket - so he could wear a specially designed spacesuit, a so-called «Mobile Suit» inspired by his favorite comic hero from a Gundam film.

That’s crazy, I thought at first. A Japanese man spends 20 million dollars to wear the costume of a cartoon character in outer space? And just how exactly does he plan to get up there? I began to do some research and was soon captivated by the topic. In the end, health reasons kept the Japanese man from going. Just a few weeks before launch, they offered his seat to the American billionaire Anousheh Ansari. And I had my protagonist!