Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Japanese Billionaire to Be SpaceX’s First Passenger to the Moon

Japanese Billionaire to Be SpaceX’s First Passenger to the Moon

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

United States private space firm SpaceX has announced that the company's first private passenger to the Moon will be Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa.

"For me, this project is very meaningful", Maezawa told the gathered crowd shortly after Musk introduced him.

This makes him the 14th richest person in Japan.

Notable is the fact that Maezawa wishes to take people whose professions have - to date - prevented them from accessing space. What about the Moon seemed to promising to him? "It's always there, and has continued to inspire humanity".

"Why do I want to go to the moon?"

However, there's a catch. "It would skim the surface of the moon, go quite a bit further out into deep space, and then loop back to Earth". What wonderful masterpiece would he have created? "Once I got started, I couldn't stop thinking of who else [could have been affected]".

"I did not want to have such a fantastic experience by myself", he said.

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

Musk said the two wannabe spacefarers had paid a deposit for their now-abandoned 2018 Moon trip. He said he often mused about what artists like Basquiat or Andy Warhol might have come up with if they'd travelled into space. (AP) The Japanese billionaire will fly to the moon aboard a new rocket called the BFR, which is still in development.

It's one of the most critical steps in getting space tourism to become a viable industry.

The announcement was made at SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California, on Tuesday.

SpaceX announced September 17 that a Japanese billionaire will be paying an undisclosed but significant sum to buy a flight of the company's next-generation rocket for a flight around the moon carrying a group of artists.

There's also a chance that the render doesn't have all the features.

Tech visionary Musk intends to revolutionize transportation, both on earth and in space, and the way humans lead their lives. He also mentioned that SpaceX spends less than five percent of its budget on the BFR, but it could increase.

In February, SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy for the first time.

Musk himself has had a rocky year.

Yusaku Maezawa, 42, who runs Japanese clothing shopping site Zozotown, is set to travel on a Big Falcon Rocket spaceship that is now being developed, the US space company said.

On Thursday, Musk tweeted a picture of a Japanese flag.

This isn't the first time Musk has vowed to send tourists around the Moon. Instead, the company shifted its future focus to the BFR. As Musk tweeted in response to Twitter user @falcongridfin, some of the elements of the flight design didn't make it into the render.

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