Elon Musk has been making headlines lately as he prepares to unveil major components of SpaceX and their newest creation, the BFR.
If you haven’t already heard, SpaceX is sending one lucky tourist around the moon on a once in a lifetime experience. The project is allowing tourists who have always dreamt of visiting space, do so in a rare visit to the moon in SpaceX’ very own BFR. Details regarding this trip, including the identity of the tourist, the cost and much more, have still been kept secret, but that has all changed as of last night.
Elon Musk and his company SpaceX have officially announced the name of that lucky tourist yesterday September 17, 2018. Along with revealing the tourist, Elon Musk has also released images of the rocket that will be completing the mission. The BFR, known as the Big F***** Rocket as Musk likes to put it, will be set for the Moon and back on a trip that is estimated to take place within the next decade.
Musk, who often sets quite ambitious timeframes for projects to take place, claims the launch will happen sooner. How soon? Well, Musk announced the launch will take place for the first time by 2022! The name of the first ever passenger to orbit space on the BFR and has officially been announced as of last night during a live stream between 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. ET. The lucky tourist is none other than Japanese billionaire, Yusaku Maezawa.
According to DailyMail, this mission will allow the first civilian passenger to be the 25th person to swing around the moon and the first ever since America’s Apollo missions ended in 1972. As for the spacecraft that is completing the launch, we finally get to see just what SpaceX is working with. SpaceX has remained quite discrete regarding any details of the BFR, but finally, they are letting us in on same visuals.
The rocket contains a powerful launch with 13 engines and the capacity to lift 150 tons into space! Talk about heavy duty. In addition, Musk revealed the fine piece of spacecraft will soon be able to launch and land two cargo ships on Mars by 2022 as well. The spacecraft also contains 40 cabins and can hold up to six passengers. As if that weren’t enough, the BFR will be able to take flight from Earth to the moon using its massive fuel capacity, being 1,200 tons of liquid nitrogen.
With a launch set to happen within the next few, and a passenger selected, SpaceX is under pressure to get the BFR built and ready. Stay posted for further updates on the mission!