SpaceX unveils Yusaku Maezawa will fly ‘over the Moon’ in historic announcement

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced Monday night that the entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa would be the first private person to fly on board of the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) launch of the vehicle.

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced Monday night that the entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa would be the first private person to fly solo around the moon on board of the company, Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) launch of the vehicle.

Maezawa, a 42-year-old man from Japan, is a billionaire who founded Zozotown, an online store. The excited future space traveler called the event, “I choose to go to the moon.”


SpaceX says the fly your own passenger ‘around the Moon’

He said that the trip will take place in 2023, which give him a lot of time to prepare.

Prior to the announcement on Monday, Musk took to Twitter to show off two new images of the BFR.

The images of the BFR show a rocket with fins on the side. It also has a forward moving wing in the near of the nose, Musk wrote on Twitter.

The event was held at the company’s Hawthorne, California, headquarters, conveniently located next to a design shop for Tesla, Musk other company.

The Musk-led space company called the announcement “an important step in the direction of providing access for ordinary people who dream of a trip to space.”

SpaceX’s BFR

The BFR is SpaceX’s upcoming two-stage reusable spacecraft system that weighs 9.7 million pounds and capable of taking a 330,000 pound payload to Mars, and lower-Earth orbit (LEO), officials say. The BFR, announced in September 2017, will eventually replace SpaceX’s other launch vehicles, the Falcon 9 and the Falcon Heavy, as well as the Dragon spacecraft.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 17, 2018

In April, Musk posted a picture on Instagram (since deleted) of what he described as the “main body tool” for his company BFR interplanetary spaceship.

In an interview in March, Musk said the ship was currently being built, adding: “I think we will probably be able to on short-haul flights, short sort of the up-and-down flights, probably sometime in the first half of next year.”

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 17, 2018

Shortly after his successful Falcon Heavy Launch, Musk said that he expects a “full-scale” test of the huge rocket in the coming years.

Musk described a slightly scaled-down 348-metre-high rocket in September 2017, and announced that the private space company aims to launch two cargo missions to Mars in 2022. He called the goals at the time “to achieve.”

Two more cargo missions are set to follow in 2024 to provide more building materials, along with two manned flights, according to previous reports. The window for the launch of Mars comes every two years.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and Edmund Initiative and The Associated Press contributed to this report. Follow Chris Ciaccia on Twitter @Chris_Ciaccia.

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