SpaceX Will Send World's First Private Space Passenger Around the Moon

Posted September 15, 2018

On Monday, the Elon Musk-owned space transportation company will announce the identity of a person it says will pay for a trip around the moon on a yet-to-be-developed rocket, according to The Los Angeles Times.

SpaceX on Thursday announced a new plan to launch a tourist around the Moon using its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), a massive launch vehicle that is being created to carry people into deep space.

SpaceX, the private space exploration company that tests its rocket motors at its facility in McGregor west of Waco, has signed up a traveler for a flight to the moon.

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Less than 20 minutes after the first tweet, a second one followed with a reminder that no one has visited the moon since the last Apollo mission in 1972.

The BFR is SpaceX's newest rocket, a super powerful launch vehicle with 31 engines and the capacity to lift 150 tons into space.

The private space company, led by billionaire Elon Musk, has previously announced plans to send two people into lunar orbit, but has never revealed who they may be.

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Instead, Musk said, SpaceX would turn its focus to developing the BFR, which he deemed a better option for tourism missions. "And they're very serious about it".

The company said more details would be made available on Monday. We plan to do that, probably in the fourth quarter of next year (2018).

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The new heavy-lift rocket that NASA is developing for deep-space missions - known as the Space Launch System - could serve as a core component of a moon trip. Musk has designs on sending spacecraft to Mars and establishing a colony. there.