During a news conference at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, company founder and CEO Elon Musk introduced Maezawa as the first passenger on the new BFR (sometimes short for "Big Falcon Rocket") rocket-spaceship duo now under construction, and confirmed that Maezawa would ride in a loop around the moon.
Maezawa will fly on Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s BFR rocket on the trip in 2023, Musk announced Monday. He is the first to book a trip as a private passenger with the commercial space company for a voyage that hasn't been attempted since NASA's Apollo missions ended in 1972.
He said he would invite six to eight artists - sculptors, painters, architects and film directors - from across the globe to fly with him on a week-long trip in 2023 that he said would lead to the production of art "to inspire the dreamer in all of us". Elon Musk said that the amount is "significant" and could influence the development of missiles Big Falcon Rocket.
The first space tourist on the moon will be a Japanese billionaire Yusaku of Maezawa.
Maezawa is the founder of the Japanese online retailer Zozotown, and he's a dedicated art collector; in 2016, he purchased $98 million worth of art in two NY auctions, according to a BBC report. "After receiving some encouragement from Maezawa, Musk said he will possibly consider it".
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The mission will not actually land on the moon, the BBC reported.
17, 2018, SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California held a live event. The company then plans to fly the capsule with a two-person crew in the second quarter of 2019.
Musk has put NASA and the Air Force - which collaborates with the space agency in myriad ways - in the awkward position of having to respond to controversial conduct recently. "They say, who is this Maezawa person?" He made a splash in the art world in 2017, when he spent $110.5 million on a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting at a Sotheby's auction, setting a record for an American artist's work at the time.
The sad part is that the BFR is still a far from reality and even Musk himself said that "not 100 percent certain we can bring this to flight". He said then that two people who know each other approached the company about a weeklong flight to the moon and back.
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic are also battling it out to launch private-sector spacecraft, but neither have so far announced pkans as ambitious as SpaceX. And last month he tweeted that his new jet's interior is being fashioned by luxury label Hermes. Yusaku, however, declined to reveal the figures that he paid for the flight, but the trip will be free-of-cost for the artists that go with him.