3,2,1: SpaceX counts down to reveal mystery Moon traveller

20 September, 2018, 13:13 | Author: Ann Santiago
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The overall design of the Big Falcon Rocket seems like a hybrid of a giant rocket booster and a large capacity cargo spaceship which could accommodate up to 100 passengers comfortably. He spoke to the media at the SpaceX rocket factory in Hawthorne, California.

Last year, Musk said the BFR could be used for trips to the moon and other celestial destinations, as well as for suborbital point-to-point trips on Earth.

"This is risky. This is not a walk in the park", Elon Musk warned at a crowded press conference at the rocket maker's headquarters near Los Angeles International Airport. He is the first to book a trip as a private passenger with the commercial space company for a voyage that hasn't been attempted since NASA's Apollo missions ended in 1972.

The announcement represents a reprieve from months of bad news for SpaceX founder Elon Musk, whose efforts to take on Twitter trolls and to take private Tesla, another company he founded and now leads.

SpaceX announced in February 2017 that two people had signed up for a weeklong trek around the moon, which the company aimed to launch before the end of 2018. The excited future space traveler exclaimed at the event, "I choose to go to the moon". Maezawa has not yet chosen the artists who will accompany him and will be looking at top candidates from a wide range of disciplines, including painters, musicians, fashion designer, photographers, filmmakers, and architects.

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Musk has not revealed how much his "Lunar BFR Mission" will cost in the long run, but Maezawa surely won't have a hard time footing the bill. Maezawa said: "Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the Moon...this is my lifelong dream". The company has previously created rockets that can be landed and reused, and it is working on its Dragon capsule to eventually carry astronauts to the ISS. Musk revealed that Maezawa was one of the original customers, but that the Falcon Heavy would only be able to take 2 people around the Moon.

"I'm not sure if we will test a flight around the Moon or not, but we will probably try doing that before sending any people".

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk discusses the latest version of his vision for the BFR rocket.

Earlier in the day, Musk was sued for defamation by the British driver he had accused of being a "child rapist" and pedophile via tweets and emails to media.

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