He said: "In 2023, as the host, I would like to invite six to eight artists from around the world to join me on this missions to the Moon". SpaceX founder Elon Musk has said previously he hoped the rocket would be ready for a trip to Mars by 2022.
He called Maezawa "brave" and "an adventurer".
Musk said the billionaire will pay "a lot of money" for the lunar orbit but he declined to disclose the exact amount. This is no walk in the park, ' Musk cautioned. When you're pushing the frontier, it's not a sure thing. There is a chance something could go wrong'.
Questions at the event, we were told, were to stay "on topic" and it been a turbulent few weeks for Musk.
In moves typical of his publicity-seeking style, SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who is also the billionaire chief executive of electric auto maker Tesla Inc, had previously teased a few tantalizing details about the trip and the passenger's identity, but left major questions unanswered.
He says it's been his lifelong dream to go into space.
Business Insider will be reporting live from SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, as we meet the passenger and as Musk reveals why the person is making the trip.
But for now, the company has yet to fly a human into space. Musk says the company's contracts with NASA remain its priority and it will start shuttling astronauts to the worldwide Space Station next year.
Elon Musk's SpaceX has been talking up its plans to shoot tourists around the moon since early 2017.
Setbacks and delays, however, don't deter Musk or his relentless company, which has grown to 7,000 employees.
On its website, SpaceX is touting the "first passenger on lunar BFR mission", implying there will be more moon trips.
On his Instagram account, Maezawa posted a photo of himself looking at the prototype of what is likely the rocket that will be used to launch him toward the moon. It also has a massive backlog of commercial launch contracts. Today SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell was quoted as saying that the company had its "eyes on the prize" for an initial BFR flight to Mars in 2024, although she acknowledged that SpaceX's timelines often slip to the right.