SpaceX will take a Japanese billionaire on a trip around the Moon

18 September, 2018, 05:25 | Author: Kelly Sanders
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"But I wouldn't recommend doing that, because I think the new architecture, the BFR architecture, is the way to go".

The lunar voyager will be launched into space aboard SpaceX's new Big Falcon Rocket system.

It was unclear whether SpaceX plans a lunar orbit mission or a loop around the moon.

The announcement at SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., followed days of speculation over the identity of the first passenger - and months of chatter about the capabilities of the BFR, an acronym for "Big Falcon Rocket" in its G-rated interpretation.

"SpaceX has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle - an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space", the company said on Twitter.

In answer to a query about whether Musk himself would be the passenger, he tweeted an emoji of a Japanese flag. "Only 24 humans have been to the Moon in history".

In terms of when the launch will take place, things are also in the dark.

In 2017, Mr Musk announced that he would be sending two paying passengers on a loop around the Moon - which was to have launched as early as this year.

The BFR will be constructed at a SpaceX facility in Los Angeles and is being created to handle everything from missions to Earth orbit to long-term cargo and crew missions to Mars.

SpaceX is on the verge of announcing the name of the person who would be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon. Musk did not name the clients past year or say how much they would pay. The rocket is expected to stand 106m high and have a diameter of 9m.

In February, SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy for the first time.

It appeared to confirm some design changes to the spaceship, including three large fins near the back and a black heat-shield on the craft's underside.

Musk provided some updates on the production design of the BFR, which will have a 100-ton payload capacity.

The SpaceX founder has attracted some uncomfortable headlines of late - he recently smoked marijuana during a webcast with a United States comedian.

He recently criticized analysts during a Tesla earnings conference call, labeled a British diver in the recent Thai cave rescue drama as a pedophile, took a hit off an apparent marijuana-tobacco joint during a podcast interview and tweeted that he had funding to take Tesla private but then announced the deal was off. He abandoned the idea about two weeks later.


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