SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

Only 24 humans have been to the Moon so far.

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SpaceX says it's booked the first private passenger to fly around the moon.

SpaceX, the private space exploration company that tests its rocket motors at its facility in McGregor west of Waco, has signed up a traveler for a flight to the moon.

The flight on its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) would be "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space", the aerospace company wrote on Twitter.


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 will probably build 30 to 40 rocket cores for 300 missions over five years. Goal of BFR is to enable anyone to move to Moon, Mars and eventually outer planets", Musk had said in May. SpaceX was tight-lipped about the financial terms of the deal and the identity of the individuals.

In a recent question-and-answer session held in Madrid, SpaceX president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell said the company is targeting initial tests on the vehicle in late 2019 and launches as early as 2021.

The BFR (also known as the Big Falcon Rocket) is SpaceX's upcoming two-stage reusable spaceship system that will weigh 9.7 million pounds and be capable of taking a 330,000-pound payload to Mars and lower-Earth orbit (LEO). Instead, Musk claimed that SpaceX had turned its attention to the BFR after deeming it to be a better fit for tourist missions. "And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching satellites and servicing the space station".

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