SpaceX signs up Japanese billionaire for circumlunar BFR flight

20 September, 2018, 13:16 | Author: Courtney Reynolds
  • A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

The original plan called for two paying passengers to fly around the moon this year, using a Falcon Heavy rocket and a Dragon crew capsule.

The event was held at the company's Hawthorne, Calif., headquarters, conveniently located next to a design shop for Tesla, Musk's other company.

Mr Musk said the entrepreneur, founder of Japan's largest retail website and one the country's richest people, will pay "a lot of money" for the trip, but declined to disclose the exact amount. "I choose to go to the moon with artists". Had SpaceX followed through with that plan, it could have returned humans to the moon near the 50th anniversary of NASA's historic Apollo 8 mission around the moon in December 1968. 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 said a year ago that it planned to send two private citizens around the moon in a Dragon crew capsule to be launched by a Falcon Heavy rocket.

Elon Musk has finally revealed the person who is paying SpaceX untold millions to have the rocket company launch a private mission around the moon. It has not yet been confirmed which artists Maezawa would invite, but he has suggested that it would be artists who inspire him personally which would be chosen.

On September 13, SpaceX revealed that it had signed a private passenger to fly around the moon on its Big Falcon Rocket, though it wouldn't reveal who that passenger was until September 17.

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The firm is also offering evens for the wind speed to reach a whopping high of 100 miles per hour in the mainland before the month is out.

"I could not pass up this opportunity to see the moon up close", Maezawa said.

Given that this new BFR rocket, as it's dubbed, has yet to be built, the flight presumably is at least a few years off.

Maezawa appear unfazed, talking about fusing his love of art and expression and a lifelong dream of going into space aboard SpaceX's BFR rocket. "When you're pushing the frontier, it's not a sure thing", Musk said.

Musk says he's aiming for Maezawa's moonshot to take place in 2023.

SpaceX has had a string of successful rocket launches, but that has been overshadowed by the struggles of Musk's Tesla electric vehicle company to deliver and his behavior.

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