Суббота, 20 Апреля, 2019

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa to become moon space tourist

SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon
Sandra Phillips | 18 Сентября, 2018, 05:26

In a tweet sent out before tonight's big reveal, Musk emphasized that the "top SpaceX priority" is to launch national security missions and to get the company's Falcon 9 rockets and Crew Dragon capsules ready to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

The announcement was made at SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California, on Tuesday.

"SpaceX has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle", the company said, adding that it will be "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space". Musk hinted that the mystery person may be from Japan, tweeting a Japanese flag emoji.

Last year, Musk said the BFR's admittedly ambitious goal was to make a test flight to Mars in 2022, followed by a crewed flight to the Red Planet in 2024.

About one year after that, in February of this year, SpaceX debuted the long-awaited Falcon Heavy, which became the world's most powerful operational launch vehicle.

In typical fashion for any company owned by Elon Musk, they've chose to do so by blasting a single person - the world's first private passenger, around the moon and back to test the rocket's capability for far space travel. The BFR ship won't be making a stopover on the lunar surface, though.

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Musk says SpaceX has already built the first cylinder section of the BFR.

Like SpaceX's existing rockets, the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, the first stage can detach from the rest of the rocket and return to Earth for an upright landing.

Going to the Moon could be far quicker. Company representatives declined to offer additional details Friday.

With SpaceX, Amazon.com (AMZN.O) founder Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and entrepreneur Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic battling it out to launch private-sector spacecraft, the SpaceX passenger will join a growing list of celebrities and the ultra-rich who have secured seats on flights offered on the under-development vessels. A 90-minute flight costs $250,000.

Two high executives announced departures from Tesla, and the diver sued Musk on Monday. The window for launching to Mars occurs every two years.

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