Japan’s punk billionaire Yusaku Maezawa revealed as SpaceX moon tourist

Japan’s punk billionaire Yusaku Maezawa revealed as SpaceX moon tourist

The 42-year-old businessman (below), who made his fortune after launching an online fashion mall that became the largest in Japan, will make the journey aboard SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), which is scheduled for testing next year. "These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us".

He wrote on his caption: 'My mission to go around the moon, as the first private passenger, will represent the imagination and curiosity of all people. Over the past two decades, the South African-born American entrepreneur has emerged as one of Silicon Valley's most recognized faces worldwide.

The big reveal on who it is - and when the flight to the moon will be - will be announced Monday at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

Musk said two people who know each other approached the company about a week-long flight to the moon and back. The BFR ship won't be making a stopover on the lunar surface, though.

The flight, set for 2023, will launch from Kennedy Space Center, in the Big Falcon Spaceship (BFS) which will be part of the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) booster.

The billionaire chief executive of electric auto maker Tesla Inc, Musk revealed more details of the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, the super heavy-lift launch vehicle that he promises will shuttle passengers to the moon and eventually fly humans and cargo to Mars.

SpaceX has already upended the space industry with its relatively low-priced reusable Falcon 9 rockets. He paid an unspecified amount of money for the privilege.

Those who have signed up to fly on Virgin Galactic sub-orbital missions include actor Leonardo DiCaprio and pop star Justin Bieber.

SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk outlined a somewhat different mission previous year.

Yusaku Maezawa said his heart was already racing just thinking about the trip.

The response tweet sent Musk's fanbase into a myriad of speculations. The moon trip would last four to five days, he said.

Shortly after his successful Falcon Heavy Launch, Musk said he expected a "full-scale test" of the massive rocket within the next few years.

The spacecraft will continue on toward the Moon, powered by its own engines.

Musk also used the announcement to announce some changes to the BFR design, focused on the upper stage, or spaceship, portion.

Musk would not say what the trip would cost, but did say that the design of the almost 400-foot tall rocket had evolved recently, with the first flights to orbit coming in two to three years.

SpaceX has been an undoubted success story in the private space race.

SpaceX announced it had reached an agreement to launch the tourist into space last Friday via Twitter.

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