Yusaku Maezawa will fly with SpaceX on a trip around the moon

„The first private passenger whoory will fly in the subohe first private passenger to fly around the moon aboard the BFR is fashion innovator and globally recognized art curator Yusaku Maezawa” – can be read on SpaceX’s Twitter profile. PodroThe moon is planned for 2023.

Yusaku Maezawa is one of the more colorful figures in Japan. The 42-year-old entrepreneur was ranked 18th among theod 50 richest Japaneseow – according to „Forbes”.

The first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard BFR is fashion innovator and globally recognized art curator Yusaku Maezawa.

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 18, 2018

He is the founder of the clothing company ZoZo, whichora according to the magazine „Forbes” is the largest online store in Japan. He is also a well-known art collector. He hit the headlines last year after paying more than 110 millionoin dollarsow for a painting by the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat at auction in New York.

– Ever since I was a child, I have loved the Moon. Just looking at it filled my imagination. He has been there forever and continues to inspire humanity. Therefore, I can not miss this opportunity – Maezawa said.

The entrepreneur added that he wants to take the podroThe trip around the Moon from 6 to 8 artistow from around the world. – They will be asked to create something when they return to Earth. These masterpieces will inspire and awaken the dreamer in each of us – Maezawa said.

In all of history, only 24 people have visited the Moon. The latest mission – Apollo 17, took place in 1972. Someore Apollo missions have only orbited wokoł the Silver Globe, just as it will be during the podrogy SpaceX.

SpaceX has not disclosed how much it paid Maezawa, but just getting into low Earth orbit costs tens of millions ofoin dollarsow. It is also unclear what the situation will be for the announced artistsow, but it is likely that Maezawa will cover the cost of the entire trip.

The announcement of this suboży is one step among manyow that SpaceX has taken to complete its mission to the. – We need to develop rocket technology to the point where itorym we could potentially become a multi-planetary species and a true space civilization – said Musk during a press briefing, at which heorym introduced Maezawa.

Musk announced tourist flights wokoMoon suborbital as early as last year. They were supposed to start this year, but as you can see the plan has taken opoźnień.

The flight is expected to take place aboard the as yet unbuilt Big Falcon Rocket. It is to be the most powerful rocket in SpaceX’s arsenal. The first stage of the rocket is to be powered by a 31 engineow. Of course, as with other Falcon rockets and this one is to be reusable.

The second stage of the rocket will have a propulsion system consisting of six enginesow. The entire structure is to be 118 meters highow and will be able to lift more than 150 tons into orbit. It will be roIt can also be refueled in orbit.