The world’s first passenger is flying to the moon. SpaceX announced on Thursday that it will fly a passenger around the moon on its giant BFR rocket.
In a tweet, Thursday evening (Sept. 13), SpaceX announced that it has “signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle.”
SpaceX founder and CEO, Elon Musk, is set to fill in the details Monday (Sept. 17), during a webcast that begins at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 GMT on Sept. 18).
“Find out who’s flying and why on Monday, September 17,” the company said in a tweet.
Mr. Musk displayed a Japanese flag in a tweet sent in response to speculation that the company founder would be the first passenger. So, that might be a hint to the identity of the customer.
“Only 24 humans have been to the Moon in history,” SpaceX wrote in a subsequent Twitter post. “No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972.”
SpaceX announced in February 2017 that two people had signed up for a weeklong trek around the moon, which the company aimed to launch before the end of 2018. The company never named the passengers, and, ultimately, Musk admitted during the inaugural flight of the Falcon Heavy that the trip probably wasn’t going to happen.
But let’s see what happens on Monday.
However, SpaceX is currently developing the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) to send humans to the Moon and Mars. The BFR design consists of a combined rocket and spaceship, called the BFS for Big Falcon Spaceship. The main rocket will have 31 main Raptor engines and be capable of sending up 150 tons to low Earth orbit
The BFR’s main job will be to help enable Mars colonization. After all, that’s the chief reason that Musk founded SpaceX back in 2002.
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