SpaceX set to identify first paying passenger for trip aroound the moon

SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon

SpaceX set to identify first paying passenger for trip aroound the moon

He is expected to lift-off on the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), a launch system unveiled by Mr Musk in 2016.

Maezawa, a 42-year-old from Japan, is a billionaire who founded Zozotown, an online retail shop. "It's always there. I could not pass up the opportunity to see the moon". I want to share this experience with as many people as possible.

"I choose to go to the moon with artists", Maezawa said Monday. Nor is it clear when the flight will take place as BFR has yet to be built.

Space X hasn't revealed any details about the passenger who will ride the BFR around the moon.

Whomever the -probably wealthy-passenger is, they likely won't be flying on the BFR alone. However, he has not decided on which artists he will reach out to and include on the inaugural flight. The Apollo 13 planned moon landing was diverted due to an explosion on the spacecraft, and the three crew members were forced to instead fly by their intended target and return home. Although its Falcon Heavy rocket was set to fly in 2013, the first, and only flight, of the heavy lifter happened some five years later, and lobbed Musk's Tesla Roadster into space to puzzle future extraterrestrial visitors.

Shotwell estimated that the BFR will launch within a decade.

Earlier this year, on February 6, the Falcon Heavy rocket successfully launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, launching a red Tesla Roadster driven by a Starman mannequin.

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

Falcon Heavy's maiden flight was shown as part of SpaceX's evolution towards BFR.

"We expect to conduct health and fitness tests, as well as begin initial training later this year".

Virgin's trip will cost about $250,000.

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa speaks at a press event in California to announce his solo rocket trip.

That mission was to use SpaceX's Dragon capsule and Falcon Heavy rocket.

Currently, SpaceX is not disclosing the sum of money that Maezawa is handing over to book out an entire rocket to the moon.

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The BFR name may also change, Musk said. Now, he's also the first private citizen to go into deep space.

Why does he want to go to the moon?

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With SpaceX, he's described his mission as nothing short of making humans a multi-planetary species.

The SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket is scheduled to make the trip in 2023, company founder Elon Musk announced at an event Monday at its headquarters near Los Angeles.

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"I'm really excited, really honored", he said.

NASASpaceflight will publish an in-depth article on the new elements of BFR announced this evening in the coming days.

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