SpaceX signs up first moon traveler

SpaceX signs up first moon traveler

This new mission, different from the one discussed by owner Elon Musk previous year, would have one person fly around the moon in SpaceX's BFR launch vehicle.

Just days after conducting another successful launch of one of its Falcon 9 rockets, SpaceX has announced that it's CEO and Lead Designerr, Elon Musk, will be making an announcement regarding the first private passengers who will ride the company's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) to a destination only 24 others have traveled to.

The moon trip makes good on SpaceX's 2017 announcement that it meant to send two private individuals around the moon by the end of 2018 aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket and Dragon spacecraft.

Instead, Musk said, SpaceX would turn its focus to developing the BFR, which he deemed a better option for tourism missions.

The launch would take place at Kennedy Space Center's launch complex 39A, SpaceX previously said.

SpaceX will reveal more information regarding the private space flight to the Moon in a live webcast on 17 September.

In 2009, space tourist Guy Laliberté flew to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz TMA-16, leaving from Kazakhstan. Sir Richard Branson, the daredevil founder behind Virgin Galactic, said in May his company was "two or three more flights" away from its first commercial suborbital trip. Now the billionaire wants to offer the world's first private lunar passenger flight.

- 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. Next July will mark the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing by Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. These include performing satellite launches, cleaning up space junk, and of course, taking the rich and space curious on trips around the moon.

He also confirmed that the rendering of the spacecraft in the company's original tweet is a new version of SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR). We plan to do that, probably in the fourth quarter of next year (2018).