Meet the first lunar tourist
The first space tourist SpaceX, who went to the lunar fly (without boarding) on the ship BFR, will be Yusaku Maezawa (Yusaku Maezawa) - a businessman-billionaire with the state about $ 2.9 billion and collector of works of art. Maezawa is going to invite 6-8 creators of different directions (artists, photographers, musicians, directors, fashion designers or even architects) along with them. The flight should take place already in 2023 - up to the 51st anniversary of the return of people from the Moon (but Ilon Mask is not yet sure of the finality of these terms). The details of the ending press conference SpaceX are under the cut. did not fail to joke. saying , that "the conference is delayed like any large SpaceX project." After showing the screensaver and announced a couple of days before this render of the new version of the BFR ship, the broadcast was turned on in the Falcon 9 spacecraft filled with spectators and rockets. Soon Ilon came to the stage:
He began his speech with an idea that he does not tire of repeating: humanity at the moment has the opportunity to become a multi-planetary civilization and for how long - we do not know. Therefore, we need to realize this possibility as soon as possible so that this "window" does not close for us.
After that, he moved on to the story of SpaceX, saying that their history as a space launch operator began 10 years ago with a decisive launch in which the history of the company could stop. He also said that a decade ago no one (including him) could predict such a successful future for SpaceX.
Then Ilon Mask invited to the scene the direct culprit of the press conference - Yusaku Maezawa. Yusaku referred to the poor knowledge of English during the conference and spoke a couple of times to the interpreter sitting to his left, but in general he spoke quite well. First of all Maedzawa told his short biography: how he first came to the USA, how he was a musician and how he founded his firm ZOZO almost exactly 20 years ago.
Then he moved to his project named #dearmoon (
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Ilon Mask returned to the improvised scene, and they started to answer Maezawa's questions, the most important of which are, perhaps, these:
Mask and Maedzawa evaded a direct answer to the question of how much this historical flight will cost, but Mask pointed out that the BFR project should cost the firm a very rough estimate of $ 5 billion (on another question of a similar nature, he pointed out a "plug" in $ 2-10 billion) and that at the moment SpaceX spends on the development of this transport only 5% of its efforts. All SpaceX forces will be thrown at the creation of BFR immediately after the launch of the manned Dragon V2 from the test stage to scheduled flights.
In the first part of the press conference, Mask presented the main cylindrical part of the BFR case, the first "hopping" tests of which should begin already at the end of 2019.
Before the launch of the people on the BFR, a lot of tests will be made, but the BFR unmanned flight around the Moon is not planned yet. Also for the first flight to the "far space" the crew is scheduled to be limited to 10 people, apparently, and explains the restriction of 6-8 people in the Maezawa competition.
Both the BFS and the BFR missile will have the same Raptor engines at the first stage designed for work in the atmosphere (which is explained by the desire to go to the ship's flights as quickly as possible). So the vacuum version of Raptor with a larger nozzle for the ship is planned to be completed in the future. But despite this, Mask is not yet sure of fulfilling the terms of the BFR /BFS tourist flight around the Moon in the year 2023 and the terms can move "to the right".
A picture of Ilona and Maezawa made before the press conference.
You can watch the original broadcast here , and translated into Russian by the Alpha Centauri group - here .
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