Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

SpaceX is hoping to follow the success of its Falcon 9 rocket with a new generation Super Falcon Rocket SpaceX is hoping to follow the success of its Falcon 9 rocket with a new generation Super Falcon Rocket Credit UPI Barcroft Media
Doris Mccormick | 14 September, 2018, 20:39

The BFR, which Elon Musk said can carry up to 100 people when it was first touted a year ago, will fly around the moon as part of the personal trip.

The company said the programme is an important step towards making recreational space travel a reality for people. In response Musk mysteriously tweeted an emoji of the Japanese flag.

SpaceX has a passenger for the first private trip around the moon on its Big Falcon Rocket.

In a tweet Thursday night, SpaceX announced its plans to name the first private person to take a journey around the moon - and why.

SpaceX plans to send a tourist on a trip around the moon aboard its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR).

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"I feel fairly confident that we can complete the ship and launch in about five years", Musk said. SpaceX spokespeople told the Wall Street Journal that the mission as still going to happen but remained tight-lipped about more details.

At that time, SpaceX said two people signed a deal with SpaceX to make a trip around the moon aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket. But Musk has broad ambitions for SpaceX and the BFR. Musk has designs on sending spacecraft to Mars and establishing a colony. there.

However, it was not clear whether the BFR tourism mission has any link to an announcement SpaceX made in February 2017, the CNN reported.

Two more cargo missions would follow in 2024 to provide more construction materials, along with two crewed flights, according to earlier reports.

In December 2017, US President Donald Trump also issued a directive to "lead an innovative space exploration programme to send American astronauts back to the moon, and eventually Mars".

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