SpaceX's first private passenger is Japanese fashion magnate Maezawa

Elon Musk presents plans for a new SpaceX rocket in Adelaide

The 42-year-old businessman (below), who made his fortune after launching an online fashion mall that became the largest in Japan, will make the journey aboard SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), which is scheduled for testing next year. "These masterpieces will continue to inspire all of us".

A flurry of discussion and speculation started on September 13, when SpaceX's Twitter account announced it would release the name of the first private passenger in a special event. He has accused, without proof, one of the cave divers who participated in the rescue of a Thai youth football team of being a paedophile.

The company, led by billionaire Elon Musk, planned to reveal the person's identity during a live webcast at 6 p.m. Monday. According to Musk, the spaceship could shuttle about 100 passengers to the red planet. The outpost would serve as a stepping-off point for the lunar surface, Mars and points beyond.

The new strategy is to still fly around the moon, but using an even bigger SpaceX rocket still in development that has its own dedicated passenger ship.

SpaceX's BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) could well be the most important single vehicle in the history of humankind, should the various predictions about humanity's need to eventually vacate Earth and set up colonies on Mars come true.

SpaceX will announce who that person is Monday night at 9PM EDT.

Whether the bold mission takes place now depends on SpaceX successfully testing the rockets and other equipment in the coming years.

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Whether or not SpaceX will fly an uncrewed BFR on a lunar free return trajectory mission - flying the exact profile it will with Maezawa and his passengers - before Maezawa's mission has not yet been determined.

SpaceX in February transfixed a global audience with the successful test launch of its Falcon Heavy, the most powerful operational rocket in the world.

Musk laid out his first design for the mammoth two-stage BFR in 2016 at the International Astronautical Congress in Mexico, and refined it for the 2017 IAC meeting in Australia.

The BFR spacecraft's shape is reminiscent of the space shuttle, the bus-like United States spaceships that carried astronauts to space 135 times from 1981 to 2011. Nevertheless, SpaceX is pressing on, and apparently feels confident enough in its work that it is comfortable parading its first paying private space "tourist" in front of the world.

Virgin's trip will cost about $250,000.

SpaceX isn't the only company looking to turn space tourism into a booming business.

But so far this year, his space firm has also kept up a schedule outpaced only by the Chinese government, making 15 launches with its Falcon 9 rocket.

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