SpaceX to announce 1st private moon flight passenger

Cesar Mills
September 18, 2018

SpaceX has already upended the space industry with its relatively low-priced reusable Falcon 9 rockets. However, Musk said that rocket would not be certified to carry people, which ruled out a round-the-moon trip on a Falcon Heavy.

SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk outlined a somewhat different mission previous year.

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

Maezawa will fly on Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s BFR rocket on a trip around the moon, Musk announced today, without saying when.

Elon Musk's SpaceX has been talking up its plans to shoot tourists around the moon since early 2017.

In a tweet sent out before tonight's big reveal, Musk emphasized that the "top SpaceX priority" is to launch national security missions and to get the company's Falcon 9 rockets and Crew Dragon capsules ready to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The launch is scheduled to happen in 2023.

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has posted new photos and comments teasing the company's imminent BFR and lunar tourism update, showing off a few more angles of the spaceship upper stage's new design ahead of a dedicated event later today.

Setbacks and delays, however, don't deter Musk or his relentless company, which has grown to 7,000 employees.

SpaceX didn't provide many details about the announcement, including whether the passenger will be there in person when Musk makes the announcement Monday from the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. It also has a massive backlog of commercial launch contracts.

The individual will travel in a giant spacecraft that SpaceX has created to fly to Mars.

Musk's vision of an interplanetary future may be somewhere in between dreams and delusion, but at the very least he has helped inspire a new generation of enthusiasts, the way the Apollo era did in the 1960s. Whoever the mystery passenger is will be among the first space tourists to fly with a commercial company. To make it seem like it's something we can do in our lifetimes.

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