SpaceX reveals Yusaku Maezawa will fly 'around the Moon' in historic announcement

SpaceX reveals Yusaku Maezawa will fly 'around the Moon' in historic announcement

In moves typical of his publicity-seeking style, Musk, who is also the billionaire chief executive of electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O), has already teased a few tantalizing details about the trip and the passenger's identity, but left major questions unanswered.

Tonight, SpaceX plans to reveal "the world's first private passenger" to fly around the moon.

The BFR has never flown, but Mr Musk has released some technical details about it.

While the trip to the moon is, in and of itself, a fairly bold undertaking, realistically it's just the first step towards Musk's ultimate goal of being the person that facilitated humanity's move to living on two separate planets.

He had said that the trip would happen this year and would not involve a landing, but rather a long loop around the moon. The biggest clue in this regard is that the launch is set to take place on board the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), which is thought to be still several years away from being ready for liftoff.

Musk said the pair had paid a "significant" deposit and were "entering this with their eyes open, knowing that there is some risk here". Those tests will take the form of progressively higher up-and-down flights at an earthly launch facility.

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Elon Musk's company SpaceX has unveiled the first private passenger it plans to fly around the Moon.

On its website, SpaceX is touting the "first passenger on lunar BFR mission", implying there will be more moon trips.

SpaceX reminded us only 24 humans have been to the moon and no one has visited since NASA's final 1972 Apollo mission.

The space agency is planning its own lunar flyby with a crew around 2023. The space agency aims to build a gateway in the vicinity of the moon, complete with staff, during the 2020s. The BFR ship won't be making a stopover on the lunar surface, though.

It's worth remembering that even a rocket beginning integrated systems tests - expected to commence with BFR as early as late 2019 - can end up looking and being nearly nothing like the vehicle that ultimately rolls off the assembly line and launches real missions. Last month he told the New York Times he was overwhelmed by job stress. The rescuer sued Musk on Monday in U.S. District Court in California for defamation.

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