Maezawa will invite six to eight artists of different professional and personal backgrounds - artists who represent the whole of humanity - to join him on the lunar flyby mission... with the only stipulation to their involvement being that they create works thereafter that "inspire the dreamer in all of us".
The BFR, or Big Falcon Rocket, is SpaceX's forthcoming spaceship system that consists of two parts: A massive rocket booster that promises to out-power any ever built, and a towering spacecraft that will vault out of the Earth's atmosphere. SpaceX founder Elon Musk has said previously he hoped the rocket would be ready for a trip to Mars by 2022. The price for a SpaceX lunar mission is likely hefty, though Musk pointed out, "It's going to be free for the artists".
At the time, the name of the people who purchased the seats remained confidential - with confirmation that Maezawa was the sole person to buy the two seats only coming at the event this evening.
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These practices plainly constitute a grave threat to the long-term health and prosperity of the United States economy, he added. But Trump quickly backed away from the truce.
The billionaire said he wanted his guests to be inspired to create once they returned to Earth.
"Why do I want to go to the moon?". He says just thinking about the journey gets his heart racing.
"If you should hear from me, please say yes and accept my invitation", Maezawa said. His company Zozo, officially called Start Today Co Ltd, also offers a made-to-measure service using a polka dot bodysuit, the Zozosuit. Find out who's flying and why on Monday, September 17'. A 90-minute flight costs US$250,000.
SpaceX didn't provide many details about the announcement, including whether the passenger will be there in person when Musk makes the announcement Monday from the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. The company has completed more than 50 successful Falcon launches and snagged billions of dollars' worth of contracts, including deals with NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense.
BFR will inevitably borrow heavily from almost a decade of designing, building, testing, launching, and upgrading 60+ Falcon 9 and Heavy rockets, all successes and failures included. The Apollo 13 planned moon landing was diverted due to an explosion on the spacecraft, and the three crew members were forced to instead fly by their intended target and return home.