Japanese Billionaire Will Fly To The Moon With SpaceX, Elon Musk Says

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In an announcement at SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California, SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk announced the first private customer for its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) system will be Yusaku Maezawa, a 42-year-old former musician who founded Zozotown, a Japanese online fashion retail site. If all goes according to plan, Maezawa will take a lunar voyage on the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR: a launch system that SpaceX is developing to colonize Mars.

Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese businessman and art collector worth some $3 billion (€2.6 billion), will be the world's first tourist to fly on a SpaceX rocket around the moon.

But in February this year, Mr Musk said SpaceX would concentrate on the BFR for future crewed missions. Hindustan Times delivers the news across all social media platforms, on the web, and at your doorstep.

At the time, the name of the people who purchased the seats remained confidential - with confirmation that Maezawa was the sole person to buy the two seats only coming at the event this evening.

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SpaceX says it will identify the adventurous traveler Monday who will become the first person to travel to the moon since 1972 - although the trip won't include an actual landing. "That would be a little lonely... so I want to share this experience with as many people as possible". "This is not walk in the park here".

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

Mr Maezawa made headlines past year after paying $110.5m for a painting by the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat at an auction in NY.

Musk says the BFR will act more like a sky diver than an airplane.

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SpaceX has already contributed to space ventures by privately developing a liquid-fuel launch vehicle that orbited the Earth in 2008.

Maezawa has chartered a flight aboard the company's Big Falcon Rocket, which is still being developed, for a slingshot trip around the Moon as soon as 2023.

However, Musk said that rocket would not be certified to carry people, which ruled out a round-the-moon trip on a Falcon Heavy. SpaceX is certainly the only company on Earth with up-to-date institutional expertise on the operational reuse of orbital-class rockets, and building an entirely new launch vehicle on that unique experience certainly has a better chance than most at creating something truly extraordinary. The trip was set to take place toward the end of this year, but was scrapped when SpaceX chose to switch the plan from its Falcon Heavy rocket to the more powerful BFR.

"And late Sunday, Musk further fueled the anticipation by tweeting out artist renderings of the massive launch vehicle that SpaceX is developing to fly into deep space, with a simple message: "#OccupyMars". Bezos' Blue Origin has been tight-lipped about the price of its tickets, but Reuters reported in July that they could cost in the $200,000 range.

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