Elon Musk names space tourist to launch on BFR moon mission

18 September, 2018, 11:13 | Author: Courtney Reynolds
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Maezawa is the founder of the Japanese online retailer Zozotown, and he's a dedicated art collector; in 2016, he purchased $98 million worth of art in two NY auctions, according to a BBC report. "These masterpieces will continue to inspire all of us".

While the five-day round trip will involve a fly-by of the moon rather than a landing, it'll nevertheless be the first lunar trip since 1972, when the last U.S. Apollo mission took place. Over the past two decades, the South African-born American entrepreneur has emerged as one of Silicon Valley's most recognized faces worldwide.

Next year, SpaceX - which has received billions in NASA funding to ferry supplies to the ISS and build a crew vehicle - hopes to become the first private company to send astronauts to the space station. Musk has said he wants it to be able to carry a payload of 100 people into space, and/or the hardware to keep them alive once they get there. Twelve walked on the lunar surface.

However, Musk did say that Maezawa brought the idea to him and that the Japanese billionaire's money will help fund development of Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, which the company plans to use for the lunar flight - and eventually, for a flight to Mars.

The BFR is SpaceX's next generation spacecraft and launch vehicle system, set to be used along with the company's current suite of hardware like the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy. He hasn't revealed who he's going to invite, but it'll be fascinating to see who he has in mind, and even more interesting to find out who does or doesn't take him up on the offer of a free trip to the moon.

SpaceX has already upended the space industry with its relatively low-priced reusable Falcon 9 rockets.

Prior to Monday's announcement, Musk last publicly described the BFR and showed renderings of the system at the 2017 International Aeronautical Congress.

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Once again, Musk's big news came in the face of nagging questions and tumult - this time generated largely by his own behaviour.

"This would be a long loop around the moon", stated Mr. Musk in regard to the private citizen flight of BFR.

The BFR spacecraft's shape is reminiscent of the space shuttle, the bus-like United States spaceships that carried astronauts to space 135 times from 1981 to 2011.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk discusses the latest version of his vision for the BFR rocket.

SpaceX has been an undoubted success story in the private space race. "Other flight teams have also expressed strong interest, and we expect more to follow".

SpaceX isn't the only company looking to turn space tourism into a booming business. SpaceX hasn't yet launched any humans into space, though it has spent years working toward that goal.

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