Elon Musk names space tourist to launch on BFR moon mission

Elon Musk names space tourist to launch on BFR moon mission

Musk said the entrepreneur, founder of Japan's largest retail website and one the country's richest people, will pay "a lot of money" for the trip, but declined to disclose the exact amount. "This is not walk in the park here".

However, the timeline for this launch remains unclear, and it relies on a rocket that hasn't been built yet.

Maezawa will ride aboard SpaceX's enormous, reusable Big Falcon Rocket or "Big F-- Rocket" launcher, which Mr Musk hopes will eventually ferry the first human colonists to Mars.

Until now, Americans are the only ones who have left Earth's orbit.

SpaceX has had a string of successful rocket launches, but that has been overshadowed by the struggles of Musk's Tesla electric auto company to deliver and his behavior. There's some chance that something could go wrong.

Elon Musk, the founder of the rocket company SpaceX, plans to reveal who the company's first lunar space tourist will be on Monday night.

Musk's vision of an interplanetary future may be somewhere in between dreams and delusion, but at the very least he has helped inspire a new generation of enthusiasts, the way the Apollo era did in the 1960s.

Once again, Musk's big news came in the face of nagging questions and tumult - this time generated largely by his own behaviour.

SpaceX announced September 17 that a Japanese billionaire will be paying an undisclosed but significant sum to buy a flight of the company's next-generation rocket for a flight around the moon carrying a group of artists.

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Last year, Musk said the BFR could be used for trips to the moon and other celestial destinations, as well as for suborbital point-to-point trips on Earth.

But Musk threw a curve ball during a Falcon Heavy press conference earlier this year when he told reporters that, for the time being, SpaceX had no plans to certify the Falcon Heavy for human spaceflight. The spacecraft is meant to buzz around the moon without landing.

Read everything we know about the BFR and its spaceship design here. "I don't like being alone, so I want to share these experiences and things with as many people as possible, so that is why I choose to go to the moon with artists!" Company representatives declined to offer additional details Friday.

An initial series of "hopper" test flights of the BFR spaceship are still planned to take place next year at SpaceX's South Texas launch site under development.

"It's not 100 percent certain that we succeed in getting this to flight", he said of BFR.

The era of space tourism began in 2001 when California businessman Dennis Tito paid for a journey on a Russian rocket to the International Space Station.

Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla Motors, has drawn attention in recent months over his erratic behavior.

But so far this year, his space firm has also kept up a schedule outpaced only by the Chinese government, making 15 launches with its Falcon 9 rocket.

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