Elon Musk Teases New Images Of Ambitious BFR Spacecraft On Twitter

20 September, 2018, 15:32 | Author: Emilio Conner
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HAWTHORNE, California - Elon Musk and his rocket company, SpaceX, have revealed who will fly their spaceship around the moon for the first time: a Japanese entrepreneur and billionaire named Yusaku Maezawa.

The ride will take place aboard a Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), which may not be ready for human flight for five years at least, Musk said. Once the artists return to the Earth, they will compose a work inspired by their experience.

Earlier on Twitter, Mr Musk had already hinted that the passenger would be from Japan.

Now, the billionaire plans to use his trip around the moon to inspire new "masterpieces", created by the artists he chooses to accompany him. He is best known elsewhere for paying a record $110 million past year for a 1982 painting by the late Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Between six and eight artists will join the expedition called Dear Moon, which is now planned for 2023.

"He puts his money where his mouth is", Musk said, describing the amount as "non-trivial".

The event is schedule for 9pm ET, and SpaceX usually does a great job with its live streams so we can expect plenty of commentary and context both before and after the formal announcement.

"I choose to go to the moon", Maezawa told the cheering crowd after he was introduced by SpaceX founder Elon Musk.

On Monday, Mr Musk unveiled new artist impressions of the BFR and the spaceship which will carry passengers around the Moon. The moon's orbit is, on average, 238,855 miles (384,400 km) away.

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Astronauts last visited the moon during Nasa's Apollo programme.

NASA is planning its own lunar flyby with a crew around 2023. The outpost would serve as a stepping-off point for the lunar surface, Mars and points beyond.

The week-long Moon mission is scheduled for 2023, with tests kicking off within the "two to three years", the newspaper reports.

SpaceX has finally revealed who it's sending to the moon on its Big Falcon Rocket.

"SpaceX has a habit of announcing these grand plans and always pushing forward, even if they haven't quite finished the previous project", he said.

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.

The first space tourist was Dennis Tito, an American businessman who in 2001 paid some $20 million to fly on a Russian spaceship to the International Space Station.

Musk and SpaceX engineers built a small submarine and shipped it to Thailand to help with the rescue. Short hops in the BFS are expected to start in late 2019, and Musk wants BFR to head to Mars by 2022.

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