The first space tourist SpaceX will be a Japanese billionaire
The first space tourist SpaceX will be a Japanese billionaire
What you need to know about the first tourist that SpaceX is taking around the moon
21 September, 2018, 16:00
That flight, which SpaceX announced in February 2017, was to launch atop the company's Falcon Heavy rocket before the end of 2018.
Of course, the craft is very far from completion and Musk has repeatedly set aspirational timelines for its development that never panned out, so this is all more or less conceptual. Sixteen successful missions for SpaceX this year is a bright spot in an otherwise tumultuous few months for Musk, who is also chairman and chief executive officer of electric-car maker Tesla Inc. Forbes reports that his net worth is $2.9 billion, though the tycoon had humble beginnings in business, starting by selling CDs and records when he was younger. He would fly on a rocket made by the SpaceX company.
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SpaceX has launched more than 60 missions to deliver cargo or satellites into orbit over the past eight years - all of them without humans on board.
Musk called Maezawa a "very fearless person" to take the flight to the moon.
Maezawa announced on his Twitter and Instagram accounts that he plans to take a select group of artists with him on his trip around the Moon said: "I choose to go to the Moon, with artists", adding then "What will they see?"
In an interview with the Observer, Maezawa said that while he'd always had a deep interest in art and fashion, he didn't start collecting until about 10 years ago.
"It's unsafe to be clear", Musk said. "This will look really epic in person", Musk said.
Elon Musk of SpaceX, left, and Yusaku Maezawa. He sent out a series of tweets of appreciation for the agency, including one in response to Administrator Jim Bridenstine.
The era of space tourism began in 2001, when California businessman Dennis Tito paid for a journey on a Russian rocket to the International Space Station. On his website, he has a collaged image of an astronaut with a paint brush, palette and easel painting a lunar landscape on the moon. The craft created to ferry humans safely to and from the orbiting lab will take off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center in 2019.
NASA is planning its own lunar flyby with a crew around 2023.
The billionaire chief executive of electric auto maker Tesla Inc, Musk said 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, could be conducting its first orbital flights in two to three years. He didn't discuss the other person.
Maezawa, 42, plans to bring six to eight artists along.
"He stepped forward to do it". "We are honoured that he chose us. This is not us choosing him".
Maezawa is not shy when it comes to spending his riches, as evidenced when he made headlines for shelling out a record $110.5 million for Jean-Michel Basquiat's 1982 painting of a skull past year.
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