Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Elon Musk’s SpaceX signs up first passenger for round-the-moon trip

Elon Musk’s SpaceX signs up first passenger for round-the-moon trip

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 traveling to space.

In a step that commercialises space travel, U.S. private space firm SpaceX on Friday announced that it will send the first private passenger to Moon and will reveal his identity on Monday.

(SpaceX) said in a tweet.

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.

The 31-engine BFR is part of the company's grand plan for travelling between planets, and will replace its current suite of rockets like the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy.

More details would be made available on Monday, it said. The company added that it will name the passenger and their reasons for flying on Monday.

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It would be humanity's first lunar visit since 1972. These include performing satellite launches, cleaning up space junk, and of course, taking the rich and space curious on trips around the moon. Its design was first presented almost a year ago, and the concept boasted a single system that included a booster and a ship that could travel to the moon and Mars.

Boeing is also hard at work on its crew vehicle, with pioneering flights planned for 2019 as well.

The new strategy is to still fly around the moon, but using an even bigger SpaceX rocket still in development that has its own dedicated passenger ship.

At that time, SpaceX said two people signed a deal with SpaceX to make a trip around the moon aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket.

"All our resources will turn toward building BFR", Musk said past year, reported the Verge.

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