SpaceX books its first passenger to fly around the moon

Christopher Davidson
September 14, 2018

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

Elon Musk's rocket company signed up its first passenger for a flight around the moon, taking a giant leap toward commercializing space travel.

The company will host a media event on Monday, Sept. 17 and other than state that it will be held at their headquarters located in Hawthorne, California and that Musk would "announce the world's first private passenger scheduled to fly around the Moon aboard SpaceX's BFR launch vehicle" - little else has been released.

Although SpaceX has a number of successful launches to its name, it's still yet to reach that ultimate goal of sending a human to space.

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That plan called for them to ride on a Dragon crew vehicle, similar to the cargo ships that SpaceX routinely sends loaded with supplies to the International Space Station. No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972, said the company. 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. However the passengers were never named and the flight has yet to materialize.

SpaceX now has a $1.6 billion (roughly Rs. 11,400 crores) 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.

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

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