Elon Musk Reveals First Person Set To Go To Moon With SpaceX

Mindy Sparks
September 19, 2018

"It would skim the surface of the moon, go quite a bit further out into deep space, and then loop back to Earth".

SpaceX has said it will also reveal why the person is going. SpaceX forecasts the flight taking place in 2023, but as founder Elon Musk explained during the announcement event, there's a lot of factors that could impact how it all plays out.

Maezawa will be carried on a trip around around the moon on the aerospace company's next-generation rocket, the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR. Maezawa, an avid art collector, plans to bring six to eight artists with him.

"If you hear from me, please say yes", he pleaded.

How much did Maezawa may SpaceX for the trip?

And if you were wondering, "We'll do a bunch of test launches before having any people on board", Musk said. "He's ultimately paying for the average citizen to travel to other planets".

Maezawa's other hobby is amassing valuable works of modern art and a year ago, he announced the acquisition of a Jean-Michel Basquiat masterpiece worth $110.5million.

'They will be asked to create something after they return to Earth.

The first would-be civilian passenger to the moon was already signalling his interest in outer space before the announcement.

He explained that he has bought all the seats and will soon be inviting artists from a number of different fields, including painters, directors and musicians.

"I hope that this project will inspire the dreamer within each of us", Maezawa wrote on the website for the project, #DearMoon.

Maezawa didn't immediately say who will be on his guest list for the spaceflight, but in response to a question from a reporter he said he'd consider inviting Musk. "Of course, we have reality, and things do not go right in reality". "Usually there are many setbacks and issues", Musk said.

The BFS is said to be able to hold 100 passengers. He wouldn't disclose the price Maezawa is paying for the ride.

"This is going to be risky". He followed that up on Sunday with tweets showing new artist renderings of the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, the super heavy-lift launch vehicle that Musk promises will shuttle the passenger to the moon and eventually fly humans and cargo to Mars, using the hashtag #OccupyMars.

Musk laid out his first design for the mammoth two-stage BFR in 2016 at the International Astronautical Congress in Mexico, and refined it for the 2017 IAC meeting in Australia. Instead of standing 347 feet tall, it will be 387 feet tall. It will have front actuator fins, as well as three back wings that will function as its landing pads.

The first BFR is now being built in a purpose-built warehouse in Florida.

The project is incredibly ambitious and expensive - the total development costs for BFR are somewhere between $2 billion and $10 billion, Musk said.

Short sightseeing trips to space aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket are likely to cost around $200,000 to $300,000, at least to start, Reuters reported in July.

Musk outlined a somewhat different SpaceX lunar mission a year ago.

SpaceX is on the verge of announcing the name of person who would be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon.

The BFR is actually two components: a powerful booster and a passenger-carrying module, the Big Falcon Spaceship.

SpaceX said it has signed the first private moon traveler, with some changes to its original game plan.

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