'Dangerous' moon mission eases Musk's woes

Share
'Dangerous' moon mission eases Musk's woes

United States private space firm SpaceX has announced that the company's first private passenger to the Moon will be Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa.

The company made the announcement from its headquarters in Hawthorne, California - not far from where the Emmy awards were being handed out in Los Angeles on Monday evening.

After people responded with questions, Musk weighed in and confirmed that the render of the Big Falcon Rocket, which is still in development, is new and "intentionally" created to resemble one seen in a classic Tintin comic.

The Moon is about 385,000 km away from Earth and the last time an astronaut travelled there was in 1972 as part of the Apollo 17 mission.

He's the nation's 18th richest person, with an estimated net worth of $2.7 billion. His most expensive known purchase is a large work by Jean-Michel Basquiat valued at $110.5 million. Maezawa, an avid art collector, plans to bring six to eight artists with him. The BFR is central to SpaceX's plans of eventually putting people on Mars for the first time, but first of all, they need to prove that the thing actually works. Calling it a "dangerous mission" and "not a walk in the park", he said SpaceX will complete several test flights before putting humans on the rocket.

The Japanese billionaire declined to say how much he paid for the Lunar mission, but Musk said it was "a lot of money" that'll go toward making space flight a reality for all humans.

"I thought about how this can contribute to the world and world peace, it's my lifelong dream", Maesawa said.

In an interview with the Observer, Maezawa said that while he'd always had a deep interest in art and fashion, he didn't start collecting until about 10 years ago. Rest assured Maezawa, I won't say no.

Astronauts last visited the moon during NASA's Apollo program.

Whatever the details, SpaceX is touting an experience considerably more ambitious than space tourism plans under development by other private companies.

SpaceX announced it had reached an agreement to launch the tourist into space last Friday via Twitter. "As far as me going, I'm not sure", Musk said.

Musk showed off designs for the 118-meter (129 yards) long BFR, which will consist of a first stage with engines and fuel systems, and a second stage with the spacecraft where the passengers will ride.

The BFR is actually two components: a powerful booster and a passenger-carrying module, the Big Falcon Spaceship.

Expected payload: one man who, according to this cryptic tweet from Musk himself, is not Elon Musk and may be Japanese. The company's upcoming reusable rocket is slated to cost $5 billion to develop over the coming years.

According to Musk's presentation [PDF] previous year, the mighty BFR will stand 118 metres tall when erected on its launchpad, and will be able to lift 150 tons into low Earth orbit with the help of a massive central booster, making it the most powerful rocket ever to fly.

Share

Advertisement

Related Posts

Steelers to address Brown's social media use
Brown is one of the most talented players in National Football League history, but he's also been a headcase for the Steelers. He wants to be the best in the world and he probably is.I think he was getting frustrated and he took it out on some people.

Michael Jordan donates $2M to Hurricane Florence victims
North Carolina's Emergency Management department has opened four mass feeding kitchens and has plans to open four more shortly. Cooper said more than 1,100 roads remained closed Tuesday, including Interstates 95 and 40 and other major routes.

Trump declassifies documents related to Russia probe
Trump's supporters in Congress have argued that releasing the full document would show the unfair nature of the surveillance. Parts of the Carter Page surveillance application were made public in July, but they were heavily redacted.

USA slashes number of refugees to 30,000
The new number is less than half a percentage point of the nearly 69 million refugees in the world today. It was also based on security concerns, Pompeo said.

FEMA boss defends Donald Trump’s denial of Hurricane Maria death toll figures
Trump also claimed that "if a person died for any reason, like old age", the researchers would "just add them onto the list ". Long on Sunday denied any misconduct. "I would never intentionally violate any rules that I was aware of", he said.

Tim Cook defends price of new iPhones
The NY Times says the iPhone Xs Max's big screen is great, but maintains that "the smaller Xs is a better fit for most people". To mock Apple, the price of each bundle has been set equal to the starting price of the iPhone models they are named after.

Millions prepare for potentially catastrophic Hurricane Florence
Water causes the most deaths during tropical storms and hurricanes , and Florence expected to cause unsafe flooding. More than a million people in North Carolina , South Carolina and Virginia have been told to leave their homes.

North Korea's Kim Jong Un To Visit Seoul ''In Near Future''
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pose after signing documents in Pyongyang, North Korea .

Browns trade Josh Gordon to Patriots
The Cleveland Browns chose to finally part ways with Josh Gordon this weekend after standing behind him since 2012. Gordon was on the field for 69 snaps (78 percent of the Browns' plays), but had only three passes thrown his way.

Twitter working on ways to give users more control over timeline
It's been a long time coming, but we can finally organize our Twitter timelines in a way that makes flawless sense again. Well, it seems Twitter has had our prayers since they are planning to bring back the live timeline.

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.