Japan fashion billionaire Maezawa picked by SpaceX for moon flight

SpaceX To Name Mystery Moon Traveler

SpaceX to announce 1st private moon flight passenger

Last week, SpaceX announced it had signed up its first passenger for a trip to the moon.

"Why do I want to go to the moon", Maezawa continued.

Yasuka Maezawa, or "MZ" as SpaceX's newest benefactor prefers to be called, is a Japanese entrepreneur, art collector, billionaire, and skateboarder who made his fortune in the fashion industry over the past 20 years.

It's not the same mission SpaceX founder Elon Musk outlined past year. "These are all artists that I adore". He will also be the first person to go to the moon since the US Apollo missions ended in 1972.

SpaceX now has a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to supply the astronauts living at the ISS, via regular cargo trips on its Dragon spaceship, launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.

Billionaire Maezawa, founder of online fashion outlet Zozotown, will pay a "material percentage" of the spacecraft's design and construction costs, according to Musk.

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He is the bravest person - and the most willing to do so - and he was the best adventurer I think. The BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) is being developed in a SpaceX facility at the Port of Los Angeles. Those tests will take the form of progressively higher up-and-down flights at an earthly launch facility.

It's not 100% certain we can bring this to flight.
The rocket isn't yet ready for the human space flight yet and work is on.

Ahead of the anticipated announcement, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted two new renders of the spacecraft that is now in development.

A render of the Big Falcon Rocket or BFR. Now, it's anticipated that it can occur on the LA-built BFR, instead of a Falcon Heavy carrying a Dragon capsule. In a news conference scheduled to start at 9pm ET, SpaceX will introduce its first paying private customer who will ride a spacecraft around the Moon just for the fun of it. This lunar mission - a flyby, not a landing - represents "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space", SpaceX said in a tweet.

NASA plans to launch astronauts on a trip into an orbit beyond the moon during the second flight of the agency's new Space Launch System rocket in the 2022 timeframe, almost 55 years after Apollo 8.

SpaceX announced it had reached an agreement to launch the tourist into space last Friday via Twitter.

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