SpaceX Reveal First Commercial BFR Passenger

SpaceX has revealed that Yusaku Maezawa will be the first commercial passenger for the provider's BFR vehicle.
Yusaku Maezawa and Elon Musk pose in front of a Falcon 9 at the SpaceX headquaters in California | Image credit: Yusaku Maezawa

SpaceX has announced that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be the first commercial BFR passenger. The mission is currently scheduled for 2023 with Maezawa set to select 6 to 8 artists from around the world to join him on this historic voyage.

In an announcement held at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, Elon Musk revealed a number of details about the upcoming mission. In addition to a detailed flight plan and mission breakdown, he revealed a redesigned BFR that features a larger payload section and two large rear actuating fins. The fins will double as both control surfaces during flight and landing legs.

The side view of the updated 2018 BFR design.
Side view of the updated BFR upper stage | Image credit: SpaceX
The rear view of the updated 2018 BFR design.
Rear view of the updated BFR upper stage | Image credit: SpaceX

Yusaku Maezawa is a Japanese billionaire entrepreneur. Forbes has estimated that Maezawa is worth approximately $2.7 billion as of 2018 and is considered to be the eighteenth richest person in Japan. In conjunction with the announcement that he would be the first commercial BFR passenger, Maezawa launched his #deatMoon project stating, “I choose to go to the moon, with artists”, an obvious homage to Kennedy’s, “We choose to go to the moon” speech.

On the official #deatMoon website, it describes the project as “An awe-inspiring, global, universal art project…” It goes on to explain that, “Some of Earth’s greatest talents will board a spacecraft and be inspired in a way they have never been before.” This brain trust of global artists could include painters, musicians, film directors, fashion designers, novelists, photographers and more.

The #dearMoon crew will spend a week in space traversing the 385,000 kilometres (240,000 miles) to the moon, experience a lunar flyby, and then watch the Earth grow in the giant BFR observation windows before landing back on terra firma.

Andrew Parsonson is a space enthusiast and the founder of Rocket Rundown. He has worked as a journalist and blogger for various industries for over 5 years and has a passion for both fictional and real-life space travel. Currently, Andrew is the primary writer for Rocket Rundown as we look to expand our reach and credibility.