SpaceX says Japanese billionaire will be first passenger on moon flight

SpaceX says Japanese billionaire will be first passenger on moon flight

The BFR is actually two vehicles in one, a massive booster rocket and a Big Falcon Spaceship (BFS).

The identity of the traveler will be released at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, during an event held early on Tuesday morning at 2am United Kingdom time. I thought long and hard about how to be able to become the first private passenger to go to the Moon. SpaceX is still working hard at getting its Big Falcon Rocket ready for its first test launches, and the company will need to put its launch systems through their paces well in advance of taking passengers anywhere. SpaceX expects Maezawa, 42, to be the first private passenger to make the journey that only two dozen astronauts have been on during the Apollo era that ended 46 years ago.

Maezawa, 42, will take his trip round the moon in SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) spaceship and will be the first man to travel to Earth's only natural satellite since the USA ended its Apollo missions in 1972.

An unconventional entrepreneur, Maezawa, the chief executive of Start Today Co. that runs the shopping site, has said "I dislike competing with others".

"This is the final iteration, in terms of broad architectural design", Musk told roughly 100 reporters during the press event. But he doesn't intend on traveling alone; the billionaire is also inviting six to eight artists to join him on his historic journey, which is slated for 2023.

We can expect the BFR to take off on its lunar mission by 2023.

Space live-streamed the news after teasing the announcement few days ago and calling it "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space". "That is why I choose to go to the moon with artists!" Aerospace experts who follow Musk and SpaceX's activities suggest there could be more iterations before the company's first lunar voyage lifts off the launch pad.

Maezawa, who is well known as an art collector, is calling the flight the "Dear Moon project".

Elon Musk, said past year that we would see two humans take a trip to the Moon at some point in 2018, but that isn't happening.

No. Unlike the Apollo missions of the late 1960s and early 1970s, the SpaceX rocket will not be making a lunar landing.

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