SpaceX Has Signed Its First Passenger to Fly Around the Moon

Posted September 15, 2018

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

In a step that commercialises space travel, U.S. private space firm SpaceX on Friday announced that it will send the first private passenger to Moon and will reveal his identity on Monday.

It followed that up with a subsequent tweet, writing: "Only 24 humans have been to the Moon in history".

SpaceX started talking about a crewed moon mission a year ago, and as usual, it claimed a very ambitious timeline.

The hard-charging rocket firm, run by billionaire Elon Musk, announced the news Thursday evening from its official Twitter handle. SpaceX will hold the identity of its passenger from the public until Monday, September 17th.

The webcast is embedded below. "That would be on a Dragon 2 spacecraft and a Falcon Heavy rocket, which is due to do its maiden launch this summer".

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SpaceX has stated that the BFR would be capable of sending crews to the Moon and Mars. When asked if Musk would be the person aboard the flight, he responded simply by posting an emoji of a Japanese flag.

Popular Mechanics speculates the first BFR test flights aren't likely to happen until the mid- to late-2020s, and it will be even longer before the rocket starts carrying people. Sir Richard Branson, the daredevil founder behind Virgin Galactic, said in May his company was "two or three more flights" away from its first commercial suborbital trip.

"I feel fairly confident that we can complete the ship and launch in about five years", Musk said.

The rocket in combination with a spaceship capsule is being built by SpaceX with the colonization of the planet Mars in mind.

He has also said that eventually the fleet of SpaceX rockets will be phased out and the BFR will be responsible for all of SpaceX's ambitions.

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