SpaceX CEO Elon Musk teases BFR update with new rocket launch renders

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk teases BFR update with new rocket launch renders

The announcement represents a reprieve from months of bad news for SpaceX founder Elon Musk, whose efforts to take on Twitter trolls and to take private Tesla, another company he founded and now leads. Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese entrepreneur, purchased an entire BFR rocket with plans to ask a handful of artists to join him on his journey - artists who can then create works to inspire others to dream.

Musk would not say what the trip would cost, but did say that the design of the almost 400-foot tall rocket had evolved recently, with the first flights to orbit coming in two to three years. The billionaire made news a year ago when he spent $110 million on a 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Musk said the estimated cost of the overall BFR development was about $5 billion. He said he would be soliciting requests from the world's leading creative people to travel with him on the endeavor, which he is calling #dearMoon. Had SpaceX followed through with that plan, it could have returned humans to the moon near the 50th anniversary of NASA's historic Apollo 8 mission around the moon in December 1968.

"How many people would've looked at SpaceX in 2008 and imagined that in 2018 we'd be where we are?" Musk said houses equipped with Tesla's Solar Roof would feed energy to Powerwall, a sleek storage unit created to act as an electricity fill-up station for both the house and a Tesla electric auto. While the trip to the moon is, in and of itself, a fairly bold undertaking, realistically it's just the first step towards Musk's ultimate goal of being the person that facilitated humanity's move to living on two separate planets.

It's worth remembering that even a rocket beginning integrated systems tests - expected to commence with BFR as early as late 2019 - can end up looking and being nearly nothing like the vehicle that ultimately rolls off the assembly line and launches real missions.

Per the Verge, Musk also showed off another revision to the BFR, stating that the new design would have seven instead of six large Raptor engines, boast additional cargo room on the rocket's bottom, and have three instead of two rear fins as well as front actuator fins.

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Those who have signed up to fly on Virgin Galactic sub-orbital missions include actor Leonardo DiCaprio and pop star Justin Bieber. Twelve walked on the lunar surface.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk described Maezawa as the "bravest" and 'best adventurer'. The Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) has not yet been built.

'When you are pushing the frontier, it is not a sure thing.

"Its not 100 percent certain we can bring this to flight", Musk said of the lunar mission.

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