SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced the first paying tourist that the company plans to fly around the moon on a 386,243km journey on its promised Big Falcon Rocket (BFR)—and it’s Japanese billionaire, founder of online fashion giant Zozo, and art collector Yusaku Maezawa.
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In a tweet posted yesterday, SpaceX said it has signed a passenger to fly around the Moon aboard its next-generation launch system. Details are scarce, but the announcement suggests the Elon Musk-led rocket company is still intent on delivering private individuals, rather than just cargo and professional astronauts, into space.
Before the 68th International Aeronautical Congress, Elon Musk delivered some bold predictions for his aeronautics company SpaceX: a massive new rocket that could put a satellite ten times the size of Hubble into space, a base on the moon, and two manned missions to Mars by 2024 to find a water source and build a rocket refuelling depot. He capped off his presentation with a curveball -- using rockets to take passengers on Earth to elsewhere on Earth.
Video: SpaceX's BFR is a rocket that can travel into orbit over and over again, and to the Moon and to Mars. But that same massive rocket, SpaceX founder Elon Musk says, could also transport humans around the planet, from capital city to capital city. Most trips would take under half an hour, and you could reach anywhere on the globe from anywhere else in under an hour.
Billionaire whiz kid Elon Musk, who last year announced his plan to send a group of astronauts either incredibly brave or incredibly eager to get off this dumb planet to colonize Mars, is poised to give a big update on those plans today.