Japan fashion guru Maezawa lands first SpaceX moon flight


Maezawa, founder of clothing giant Zozo, is to travel aboard the company's BFR - Big Falcon Rocket, or as Musk calls it, Big F***ing Rocket - a "massive" and "reusable" craft that SpaceX hopes will take humans to Mars by 2030, The Daily Telegraph says. These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us'.

"Ultimately this BFR system is meant to carry anyone to orbit, and to the Moon, and to Mars, so he (Maezawa) is ultimately paying for every citizen to travel to other planets" Musk added.

He said the top priority is getting ready to be able to send astronauts to the space station.

The priority of SpaceX, became in a few years, on the first launcher private of the world, in front of Arianespace, remains Nasa and the missions of national security for the u.s. government, however, said the boss.

Musk laid out his first design for the mammoth two-stage BFR in 2016 at the International Astronautical Congress in Mexico, and refined it for the 2017 IAC meeting in Australia.

The mission is planned to launch on 2023 and it will be the first moon landing by humans since NASA's Apollo 17 landed in 1972.

SpaceX did not reveal how much Maezawa paid for the moon flight, but said he already made a down payment. They will travel on a free return trajectory, carrying the BFR to the moon's far side, the side never seen from Earth, then back to Earth again.

SpaceX's BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) could well be the most important single vehicle in the history of humankind, should the various predictions about humanity's need to eventually vacate Earth and set up colonies on Mars come true. He told ABC News he's long dreamed of going to the moon.

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SpaceX calls the rocket the BFR, which officially stand for Big Falcon Rocket, though the F in the name is more commonly thought to stand for something else.

The BFR spacecraft's shape is reminiscent of the space shuttle, the bus-like U.S. spaceships that carried astronauts to space 135 times from 1981 to 2011.

Musk said the BFR is still in development and will make several unmanned test launches before it takes on passengers. Whoever the mystery passenger is will be among the first space tourists to fly with a commercial company.

Both Falcons are now still in development, so hopefully this will not be a rerun of SpaceX's 2017 plan to take private citizens into space.

Announced a year ago, the BFR ship will sit 118 metres long - previously announced as 106 metres (347 feet) long - and Musk has said the ship will contain up to 40 cabins which will have enough space for 100 people.

Russian and Chinese companies are also working on space tourism plans. "It makes a difference", Musk said.

Musk's successes have recently been overshadowed by his behavior and the struggles of his Tesla electric vehicle company to deliver.