SpaceX will take a Japanese billionaire on a trip around the Moon

SpaceX will take a Japanese billionaire on a trip around the Moon

And the new BFR spaceship will feature three rear "actuated fins" that also serve as landing pads, as well as two fins near its nose.

The Japanese billionaire who will become the first ever private tourist to fly around the moon. "It's always there. I could not pass up the opportunity to see the moon". "At the same time, I did not want to have such a fantastic experience by myself".

Maezawa said that he plans to invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people on the week-long journey.

The BFR has never flown, but Mr Musk has released some technical details about it.

Musk, who is well-known for issuing overly ambitious schedules, said during a Q&A in March that he hoped to begin testing the spaceship portion of the BFR sometime in 2019.

Whether or not SpaceX will fly an uncrewed BFR on a lunar free return trajectory mission - flying the exact profile it will with Maezawa and his passengers - before Maezawa's mission has not yet been determined.

People that may ride on the BFR flight.

FILE PHOTO: A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from historic launch pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., February 6, 2018.

Musk described a slightly scaled-down 348-foot-tall rocket in September 2017 and announced that the private space company aimed to launch two cargo missions to Mars in 2022.

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Falcon Heavy's maiden flight was shown as part of SpaceX's evolution towards BFR. Had SpaceX followed through with that plan, it could have returned humans to the moon near the 50th anniversary of NASA's historic Apollo 8 mission around the moon in December 1968.

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

Shortly after his successful Falcon Heavy Launch, Musk said he expected a "full-scale test" of the massive rocket within the next few years.

Currently, SpaceX is not disclosing the sum of money that Maezawa is handing over to book out an entire rocket to the moon. "That will change significantly in years to come", he said.

"I choose to go to the moon with artists".

SpaceX announced it had reached an agreement to launch the tourist into space last Friday via Twitter.

The billionaire chief executive of electric auto maker Tesla Inc, Musk revealed more details of the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, the super heavy-lift launch vehicle that he promises will shuttle passengers to the moon and eventually fly humans and cargo to Mars.

That would fulfill Elon Musk's goal of making humanity a multiplanetary species.

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