Just hours ago, Elon Musk announced the first ever paying customer set to fly with Space X. Hailing from Japan, Yusaku Maezawa is an art collector and entrepreneur who founded one of Japan’s largest online retailers. Yesterday, he stood by Musk while they talked of their mission to the moon.
“This is my lifelong dream,” Maezawa said in a speech on Monday, announcing that he would be inviting artists to join him on his 2023 trip. “I choose to go to the moon.”
Taking to Twitter on Monday also, Elon Musk revealed computer renders of the Big Falcon Rocket that will send Maezawa around the planet. Allowing the public to have a closer look at the spacecraft, the BFR was announced last year and features capacity for 100 people, in 40 cabins. Its boosters will be powered by 31 Raptor engines with 7 honeycomb arranged engines on the ship itself.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 17, 2018
Space X was founded with the goals to create a base on the moon, colonise Mars and and enable commercial travel to anywhere on Earth in under one hour. For more information on the mission and its first passenger, watch the official announcement below.
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