Japanese billionaire books first moonshot aboard SpaceX's 'Big Falcon Rocket'

Japanese billionaire books first moonshot aboard SpaceX's 'Big Falcon Rocket'

Japanese billionaire books first moonshot aboard SpaceX's 'Big Falcon Rocket'

Today, Elon Musk and SpaceX - the company that Musk founded in 2002 to "revolutionize space technology" - announced the name of the first private passenger scheduled to fly around the moon on SpaceX's BFR launch vehicle.

Maezawa revealed that he has purchased all seats on the first crewed flight of SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket - a new launch system that's being created to colonize Mars. "Some of Earth's greatest talents will board a spacecraft and be inspired in a way they have never been before", Maezawa's new #dearMoon website reads.

Maezawa has not revealed the price of his trip, but Musk said it was "a lot of money". Calling it a "dangerous mission" and "not a walk in the park", he said SpaceX will complete several test flights before putting humans on the rocket.

Musk, a master showman, is adept at inspiring a massive audience of followers for his pursuit of electric cars and other clean-energy endeavors critical to combating global warming. Forbes named the 42-year-old as No. 18 on its Japan's 50 Richest 2018. This makes easy for Zozotown's customers to fit into its clothes and has made the brand immensely popular. In May, Start Today said he had sold about $205m worth of the company's shares.

"All of that noise in the background, that is the sound of awesome things happening", NASA astronaut Victor Glover said.

Maezawa then said, "Yeah, yeah, yeah - please, please".

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"There could be some natural or man made event that ends life as we know it", he said. "And it sounds insane but everything we've ever done has sounded insane to people, both people that love us and people that don't like us so much".

The response tweet sent Musk's fanbase into a myriad of speculations.

Right now SpaceX is focused on its contracts with NASA to deliver cargo and crew to the International Space Station.

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The moon hasn't seen any human visitors since 1972 and NASA's last Apollo mission.

Musk has previously said he wants the rocket to be ready for an unpiloted trip to Mars in 2022, with a crewed flight in 2024, though his ambitious production targets have been known to slip.

But for now, the company has yet to fly a human into space.

However, Musk used social media to drop hints ahead of the announcement.

But did add: "It's not 100 percent certain we can bring this to flight".

Neither Musk nor Maezawa confirmed how much the Japanese billionaire paid for the 2023 mission but the SpaceX boss said the down payment will "have a material effect on paying for cost and development of BFR". He didn't discuss the other person.

His love of art led him to decide to invite artists to come along for the trip, he said. It will also have seven Raptor engines and forward- and rear-actuated fins that Musk describes as being "like giant wings". "He chose us. He is a very fearless person to do this". He's yet to choose the artists who will accompany him.

Maezawa has long stood out in the Japanese corporate world. He famously dropped over $110 million (£84 million, AU$154 million) on a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat in 2017.

A former drummer in a rock band, Maezawa spent six months in southern California as a teenager.

'This is my lifelong dream'.

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