SpaceX finally revealed who will be the first private passenger on the BFR that will go on a rocket trip around the moon. It will be Yusaku Maezawa, the 42-year-old Japanese entrepreneur and billionaire. He appeared on the event streamed online, which took place Monday evening at the SpaceX headquarters near LA.
At the event, Maezawa expressed his eagerness and plans for the trip around the moon. He stated that he will be on the first-ever commercial trip around the moon and that he plans to invite six-eight artists, designers, architects or creative people to go with him on the weeklong journey.
According to the statements in the event, Maezawa explained that he wanted to inspire his guests to create once they go back to Earth, “to inspire the dreamer in all of us,” adding the following:
“I wish to create amazing works of art for humankind. Just thinking about it now gets my heart racing.”
Musk stated that the billionaire would pay “a lot of money” for the trip, but he didn’t want to say how much exactly.
But how did Musk chose the passenger?
SpaceX’s CEO said that Maezawa, who is one of the wealthiest people in the country, and the founder of the largest retail website in Japan, came to SpaceX and proposed the idea for the flight.
The trip will be scheduled for 2023, announced Maezawa and Elon Musk at last night’s event.
Until then, BFR’s development will have to finish, and before taking passengers, it will have to pass a few unmanned launches.
The 118-meter rocket will be reusable, and it will have a dedicated passenger ship.
The distance from Earth to the Moon is almost 382,500 kilometers, and the last time people got there was in the Apollo mission in 1972. However, the mission will not include a lunar landing.
On the SpaceX website, the company wrote about the “first passenger on lunar BFR mission,” which means there will be more moon trips after that one.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.