Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Japanese billionaire to be first SpaceX passenger on trip around the moon

Japanese billionaire to be first SpaceX passenger on trip around the moon

Musk did not name the clients previous year or say how much they would pay.

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

Mr Musk has said he wants the rocket to be ready for an unpiloted trip to Mars in 2022, with a crewed flight in 2024. It consists of a massive rocket booster that promises to out-power any that has ever been built and a towering spacecraft, nicknamed BFS for Big Falcon Spaceship, that will vault out of the Earth's atmosphere.

The company has revealed little else about the trip, and it's anyone's guess when it might actually happen.

It's not the same mission SpaceX founder Elon Musk outlined past year.

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

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Elon Musk's SpaceX has been talking up its plans to shoot tourists around the moon since early 2017. If all had gone according to schedule, SpaceX would now be gearing up for its first lunar flight, fulfilling its pledge early previous year to launch a pair of tourists "faster and farther into the solar system than any before them".

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced Monday night that entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa would be the first private person to fly aboard its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) launch vehicle.

Setbacks and delays, however, don't deter Musk or his relentless company, which has grown to 7,000 employees. That mission was to use SpaceX's Dragon capsule and Falcon Heavy rocket. In a news conference scheduled to start at 9pm ET, SpaceX will introduce its first paying private customer who will ride a spacecraft around the Moon just for the fun of it.

The BFR will be constructed at a SpaceX facility in Los Angeles and is being created to handle everything from missions to Earth orbit to long-term cargo and crew missions to Mars. "These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us".

SpaceX is already making headlines around the world for its efforts to make spaceflight more affordable for organizations like NASA as well as private companies, but today the company will announce something truly revolutionary.

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