The space transportation company of Elon Musk named SpaceX has bagged its first space passenger. The company declared this on Monday at Hawthorne, Los Angeles where SpaceX is headquartered and has its rocket factory. It revealed details too: a Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, who made a fortune from online retail platform Zozo, would be the first space passenger to travel the space around moon.
Maezawa is a former drummer in a punk band and will probably make his voyage to the moon in 2023. He would do it on the Big Falcon Rocket spaceship which SpaceX is in the process of readying. This would be an important first step in commercializing space travel.
Between 1968 and 1972, just 24 astronauts flew beyond the earth’s protective magnetic shield. As far SpaceX’s first passenger is concerned, Musk lauded him for being brave. Outside of Japan, Maezawa made headlines once for his buying of an untitled 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat for a whopping US$110 million.
Meanwhile, on his part, Maezawa said he would ask 6 to 8 artists to accompany him on the fly by the moon. Elon Musk, who is also the owner of Tesla Inc., announced that BFR, short for Big Falcon Rocket, is a highly heavy-life launch vehicle. It can, not just transport people to the moon and back, but also has the capacity to take them to the red planet Mars. It can also fly cargo. BFR would be conducting its first orbital flights in the next few years.