Japanese Billionaire to Take First Private Flight to Space

Jan Cross
September 22, 2018

It was previously reported that NASA was planning to contrast the Lunar Orbital Platform Gateway, a space station orbiting the moon, in the next half decade. He would fly on a rocket made by the SpaceX company.

"Moon mission will be livestreamed in high def VR, so it'll feel like you're there in real-time minus a few seconds for speed of light", said SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

USA private space agency SpaceX will live stream the BFR mission in hight-definition virtual reality, carrying Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire and the founder of Japan's largest cloth retailer Zozotown. The First SpaceX BFR Passenger To The MoonSpaceX recently announced that the first private citizen has signed up to take the trip to the moon, inside the company's BFR.

"I would like to invite six to eight artists from around the world to join me on this mission to the Moon", he said.

In spite that the craft is not manufactured yet, Musk has previously said he wants the rocket to be ready for an unmanned trip to Mars in 2022, with a crewed flight in 2024. "I choose to go to the moon with artists".

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"I want to share this experience and things with as many people as possible", Maezawa told a news conference.

According to the website for the project, Maezawa will select a painter, musician, film director and fashion designer to participate in his "awe-inspiring global art project". It consists of a massive rocket booster that promises to out-power any that has ever been built and a towering spacecraft, nicknamed BFS for Big Falcon Spaceship, that will vault out of the Earth's atmosphere.

SpaceX plans for a trip around the moon.

Maezawa purchased every single flight on the BFR ship. It will travel along a "free return trajectory" which will set the rocket on a course back to Earth after it has circled around the moon. However, the space firm changed its plans and announced earlier this year that it would be focusing on the development of the BFR.

Maezawa and Musk declined to say how much the lunar trip would cost. The last humans to land on the moon were scientists Harrison "Jack" Schmitt and astronaut Eugene "Gene" Cernan of the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.

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