Elon Musk and SpaceX announce 1st tourist for ‘moon loop’

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"This is why I can not pass up this opportunity". "I want to share this experience and these things with the artists".

The 42-year-old entrepreneur says he wants his guests to be inspired to create once they return to Earth.

"Ever since I was a kid, I've loved the moon", Maezawa said. Maezawa has not yet chosen the artists who will accompany him and will be looking at top candidates from a wide range of disciplines, including painters, musicians, fashion designer, photographers, filmmakers, and architects.

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.

In moves typical of his publicity-seeking style, Musk, who is also the billionaire chief executive of electric auto maker Tesla Inc, had previously teased a few tantalising details about the trip and the passenger's identity, but left major questions unanswered.

Tonight, SpaceX plans to reveal "the world's first private passenger" to fly around the moon.

"If you hear from me, please say yes", he pleaded.

SpaceX announced September 17 that a Japanese billionaire will be paying an undisclosed but significant sum to buy a flight of the company's next-generation rocket for a flight around the moon carrying a group of artists. BFR, in contrast, will have room for many more people.

Building on the success of Start Today's Zozo brand, Maezawa intends to turn his company into a global retailer, with the goal of being one of the world's top 10 clothiers within a decade.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk described Maezawa as the "bravest" and "best adventurer".




Former punk-band drummer Maezawa will join the 24 other astronauts who have flown beyond Earth's protective magnetic field, in missions between 1968 and 1972.

The BFR will eventually replace Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, but not until all of SpaceX's customers are on board, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said in April.

SpaceX Monday named Yusaku Maezawa as their first private passenger to the moon.

"We expect to conduct health and fitness tests, as well as begin initial training later this year". "It's not a hundred percent certain that we succeed in getting this to flight". It was later confirmed the company would remain public.

That Falcon Heavy/Crew Dragon flight was originally slated to occur in the later half of 2018.

SpaceX/TwitterSpaceX's rendering of a Big Falcon Rocket spaceship carrying a passenger around the moon.

SpaceX said it has signed the first private moon traveler, with some changes to its original game plan.

The mission won't land on the surface of the moon but will ferry Maezawa and his artist crewmates around Earth's natural satellite.

The Japanese billionaire declined to say how much he paid for the Lunar mission, but Musk said it was "a lot of money" that'll go toward making space flight a reality for all humans.

With this evening's announcement and more concrete details regarding BFR, SpaceX takes another important and public step in the company's ongoing drive to build and use the BFR rockets - in large part - to establish a permanent human colony on Mars.

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