SpaceX gets first private passenger for moon trip

Cesar Mills
September 14, 2018

SpaceX has announced plans to take a passenger on the first ever tourist expedition around the moon.

SpaceX is ready to send the world's first private space passenger around the moon.

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.

Who will be flying and why will be known on Monday, September 17 at 6 pm PT, added in the tweet.

After people responded with questions, Musk weighed in and confirmed that the render of the Big Falcon Rocket, which is still in development, is new and "intentionally" created to resemble one seen in a classic Tintin comic.

On Twitter, Elon Musk was asked who the passenger is and simply responded with an emoji of the Japanese flag.

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It is not yet clear if the BFR voyage has any connection to SpaceX's previous pledge to send tourists on a fly-around-the-moon mission.

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

On its website, SpaceX is touting the "first passenger on lunar BFR mission", implying there will be more.

"SpaceX will probably build 30 to 40 rocket cores for 300 missions over five years". But Musk has broad ambitions for SpaceX and the BFR.

At the time, Musk said the pair approached SpaceX about sending them on a weeklong flight and paid a "significant" deposit for the trip.

SpaceX has also set up a livestream for the announcement on Monday. "And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching satellites and servicing the space station".

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