SpaceX reveals Yusaku Maezawa will fly 'around the Moon' in historic announcement

SpaceX reveals Yusaku Maezawa will fly 'around the Moon' in historic announcement

SpaceX reveals Yusaku Maezawa will fly 'around the Moon' in historic announcement

It's worth remembering that even a rocket beginning integrated systems tests - expected to commence with BFR as early as late 2019 - can end up looking and being nearly nothing like the vehicle that ultimately rolls off the assembly line and launches real missions.

A Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon, Yusaku Maezawa, will be the first man to fly on a monster SpaceX rocket around the Moon as early as 2023, and he plans to bring six to eight artists along.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says Maezawa will fly to the moon aboard a new rocket called the BFR, which is still in development.

Mr Musk shelved a similar project to send two customers into.

Who will fly with the mystery passenger is among the many questions that Musk is likely to address during the announcement.

SpaceX hasn't yet launched any humans into space, though it has spent years working toward that goal.

Musk said the billionaire will pay "a lot of money" for the lunar orbit but he declined to disclose the exact amount.

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At the SpaceX announcement, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk made it clear that this was a risky mission.

That now stands to change with BFR and signals a synergy between SpaceX and Maezawa in terms of using the BFR architecture to make space accessible to everyone.

Hawthorne-based aerospace firm SpaceX will announce the name of the tourist who booked a trip around the moon in a bid to become the first private citizen to visit Earth's orbiting body.

At the time, Musk said the pair approached SpaceX about sending them on a weeklong flight and paid a "significant" deposit for the trip. For example, the reusable rocket-spaceship duo will be taller than previously stated - 387 feet (118 meters), compared to the 348 feet (106 meters) that Musk cited during his September 2017 overview of the vehicle. It'll be 1100 cubic metres in total, and the payload will be similar to that of Falcon 9, about 100 metric tonnes (to the surface of Mars). He had said that the trip would happen this year.

In the past few months, Musk has lashed out at analysts during an earnings call for Tesla, his electric auto company, for asking "boring, bonehead questions". If those tests go well, the first flight to Earth orbit could occur two to three years from now, Musk said.

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. Last month he told the New York Times he was overwhelmed by job stress.

The British diver, Vernon Unsworth, sued Musk for defamation on Monday and is seeking more than $75,000.

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