SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon

SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

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. The tweet sent the internet ablaze with rumors who the passenger might be.

Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX has enrolled its first passenger for a trip around the moon. In response Musk mysteriously tweeted an emoji of the Japanese flag.

- Footprints on the Moon - Humans have not set foot on the Moon since the final Apollo mission in 1972, capping an era of United States national pride.

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The BFR, announced in September 2017, will eventually replace SpaceX's other launch vehicles, the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, as well as its Dragon spacecraft.

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

In June this year, it was reported the mission had been postponed until 2019 at the earliest. SpaceX was tight-lipped about the financial terms of the deal and the identity of the individuals.

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The Falcon Heavy debuted one year after that announcement was made.

The names and identities of those two tourists - and how much they meant to pay - were never revealed. The BFR planned for use in the trip, is still in development.

The 35-story BFR will be powered by 31 of SpaceX's next-generation Raptor engines, with a rocket and spacecraft component - the Big Falcon Spaceship, or BFS.

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SpaceX has established its bona fides in the aerospace business by transporting supplies to the International Space Station and by completing the tricky maneuver of recovering rockets after launch so that they can be reused.

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