SpaceX gets first private passenger for moon trip

SpaceX gets first private passenger for moon trip

SpaceX gets first private passenger for moon trip

The announcement will come Monday, SpaceX tweeted, calling it "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space".

SpaceX is set to send a private passenger on a spaceflight around the moon soon, as it's now signed up its first customer for the trip.

SpaceX announced previous year that it planned to send two unidenified private citizens on an around-the-moon mission in late 2018.

The BFR is SpaceX's newest rocket, a super powerful launch vehicle with 31 engines and the capacity to lift 150 tons into space. Find out who's flying and why on Monday, September 17'.

The webcast is embedded below.

SpaceX plans to send a tourist on a trip around the moon aboard its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR).

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Earlier this year, Musk said the company would be able to focus its investment on the BFR, following the successful launch of the Falcon Heavy.

After someone responded to the tweet by jokingly suggesting that Musk himself will be the passenger, the SpaceX CEO offered a hint about the person who is traveling, responding with a Japanese flag emoji.

On its website, SpaceX is touting the "first passenger on lunar BFR mission", implying there will be more. Next July will mark the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing by Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

SpaceX now has a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to supply the astronauts living at the ISS, via regular cargo trips on its Dragon spaceship, launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.

The first ship carrying crews could arrive two years later, he said.

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