A Japanese billionaire is the first space tourist.
In buying the first tourist ticket to the Moon was a Japanese billionaire: Yusaku Maezawa could fly in 2023, taking with him a group of eight artists.The same Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, could join the trip.
The SpaceX announces on its website, providing some detail on the first flight. Maezawa, who is 42, will be the first individual to travel on the super rocket Big Falcon Rocket (Bfr) that the California-based company will build at a plant near Los Angeles. He will be also the first man to reach the moon by 1972, the year of ‘ last American mission of the Apollo program.
For this privilege he paid a sum of money that has not been made public, while “the journey will be free for artists”, Musk said. “Ever since I was a child, I loved the Moon” and reach “is the dream of my life” said Maezawa during a press conference at the headquarters of SpaceX in Hawthorne, California. Maezawa is the CEO of the largest online fashion group in Japan, and is the eighteenth country’s richest person with a fortune of $ 3 billion.
His hobby is collecting precious works of modern art and this passion, he said, led him to decide to invite six/eight artists from around the world “to join me in this mission.It is not excluded that even Musk can be added to the ‘company’, “Maezawa asked me to participate in the trip, I’m not sure yet, but maybe we will be both,” he announced. The trip will take place on board of the Big Falcon Rocket that will cost about $ 5 billion, and “he could be ready for manned flight in about five years, said Musk.
The vehicle. The length of 118 meters, consists of a first stage where house the engines, and a second stage that houses the vehicle Falcon Big Spaceship, designed to accommodate 100 passengers. In the plans of Musk, the system will also be designed for future missions to Mars.