The space transportation company of Elon Musk, SpaceX, said on Monday that its first private passenger to take a trip around the moon would be Japanese businessman Yusaku Maezawa who is online fashion retailer Zozo’s founder and chief executive, Reuters reported. The Big Falcon Rocket spaceship is all set to commercialise space travel with Maezawa.
The announcement took place at an event at the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, Los Angeles. Musk has promised, with the hashtag #OccupyMars that the Big Falcon Rocket will help humans to reach the planet along with cargo.
The rocket however, has not been built yet, but Musk has expressed his desire of wanting it to be ready for an unpiloted trip to the planet in 2022. Many have doubts, since most of his desires don’t seem to reach their goal.
— Yusaku Maezawa 前澤友作 (@yousuck2020) September 18, 2018
Others have also expressed a desire to be onboard Musk’s mission and have signed up for it, such as Leonardo Di Caprio and pop star Justin Bieber. The company is known for having billion-dollar contracts with NASA and the U.S Department of Defense.
Earlier, in February, SpaceX successfully test launched Falcon Heavy which is arguably the most powerful operational rocket in the world. It had initially announced the rocket to be used for space tourists to take a trip around the moon, however, Musk later confirmed that he had reserved the plan for the BFR.