SpaceX moon passenger to invite artists on journey

Gwen Vasquez
September 23, 2018

It's also supposed to be 100% re-usable.

SpaceX had previously announced in 2017 that two then-unnamed passengers had booked passage for a Lunar flyby in a Falcon Heavy rocket that was to launch in 2018. Apparently, both had already put down deposits on the flight, which would have lasted a week.

The spaceship that Maezawa and his team of artists will be boarding will start making short test flights next year. He wants his guests "to see the moon up close, and the Earth in full view, and create work to reflect their experience", he says.

SpaceX didn't reveal how much Maezawa paid for his tickets to the moon, but CEO Elon Musk noted that his down-payment "will have a material effect on paying for the BFR".

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

The 106 metre (347 feet) long ship was first announced previous year, and Musk said the ship will contain up to 40 cabins which will have enough space for 100 people. "It's not a hundred percent certain that we succeed in getting this to flight".

Maezawa's interest in the arts is one of the key driving factors in his reasoning to head to the moon.

SpaceX is on the verge of announcing the name of the person who will be the first private passenger to take a tourist trip around the moon. He is the first to book a trip as a private passenger with the commercial space company for a voyage that hasn't been attempted since NASA's Apollo missions ended in 1972.

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Besides its 60 successful blastoffs, it is developing the Dragon 2 space capsule for the space station missions.

"As far as me going, I'm not sure", Musk responded.

Mr Maezawa will not land on the moon.

With SpaceX, founder Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and entrepreneur Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic battling it out to launch private-sector spacecraft, Maezawa will join a growing list of celebrities and the ultra-rich who have secured seats on flights offered on the under-development vessels.

Musk further said that this mission isn't a walk in the park and is risky. "There's some chance something could go wrong".

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 Big Falcon Rocket will be almost 400 feet long and equipped with a reusable booster rocket that will produce 200 tons of thrust.

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