Japanese to be Elon Musk's SpaceX 1st moon voyager

News					SpaceX to give BFR update and announce a private Moon mission on Monday

The overall design of the Big Falcon Rocket seems like a hybrid of a giant rocket booster and a large capacity cargo spaceship which could accommodate up to 100 passengers comfortably. He said he wanted the artists "to see the moon up close, and the earth in full view, and create work to reflect their experience".

"This is risky. This is not a walk in the park", Elon Musk warned at a crowded press conference at the rocket maker's headquarters near Los Angeles International Airport. The mission is planned for 2023, and, if all goes according to plan, will be the first journey to the moon by humans since 1972.

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.

SpaceX is expected to name the first private passenger to fly around the moon at an event Monday evening.

Maezawa says he is not planning to make the lunar voyage alone, but will invite up to eight artists to journey with him.

SpaceX, Elon Musk's ambitious rocket endeavor, said Monday it had signed a Japanese billionaire as its first paying private citizen to travel to the moon.

On its website, SpaceX is touting the "first passenger on lunar BFR mission", implying there will be more.

In an interview in March, Musk said the ship was now being built, adding "I think we'll probably be able to do short flights, short sort of up-and-down flights, probably sometime in the first half of next year".

The private space firm announced on Twitter that it would reveal who is flying "and why" on Monday, 17 September, describing the venture as "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space".

Founded by billionaire Elon Musk and conceived as a company with long-term ambitions such as bringing humans to Mars, SpaceX will ferry four NASA astronauts to space in 2019 with its Crew Dragon or Dragon 2 spacecraft.

He had said that the trip would happen this year and would not involve a landing, but rather a long loop around the moon. Those missions will depend on SpaceX's proven Falcon rockets.

"I'm not afraid at all.I trust him, and I trust [the] SpaceX team", Maezawa said.

The trip to the moon on the SpaceX rocket could take place as early as 2023.

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