Elon Musk’s SpaceX Registers First Passenger for Round-the-Moon Trip

14 September, 2018, 18:47 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Elon Musk who is also the chief executive of Tesla seemed to hint that the space tourist is Japanese

The tourist will fly in the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) being created to carry people into deep space, the Elon Musk led company said in a tweet. Assuming no other flights beat SpaceX to its goal and the person aboard isn't a repeat flyer (which has happened only once), the individual aboard SpaceX's first private flight will be the eighth-ever space tourist to leave the Earth's exosphere.

SpaceX's tweet also included a render for a new version of the BFR vehicle. The space exploration startup tweeted this morning that it had signed its first passenger up for a trip in the company's BFR rocket. The rocket company, founded by Elon Musk, will reveal the passenger's identity on Monday. It's anybody's guess, but Musk did reply to a tweet with a Japanese flag emoji, prompting speculation that the tourist is from Japan.

The names and identities of those two tourists - and how much they meant to pay - were never revealed.

The lunar mission will take place on the company's planned Big Falcon Rocket, a massive launch vehicle SpaceX is developing to make the trip to the moon and Mars. Find out who " s flying and why on Monday, September 17.


But during a Falcon Heavy press conference earlier this year, Musk told reporters that, for the time being, SpaceX had no plans to certify the Falcon Heavy for human spaceflight.

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

SpaceX has established its bona fides in the aerospace business by transporting supplies to the International Space Station and by completing the tricky maneuver of recovering rockets after launch so that they can be reused.

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