Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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SpaceX to send world's first private passenger around Moon

SpaceX to send world's first private passenger around Moon

SpaceX gave no further details, but said more information would follow on Monday.

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.

SpaceX first floated the idea of sending private people around the moon in early 2017, saying two people had "paid a significant deposit" for the mission.

The names and identities of those two tourists - and how much they meant to pay - were never revealed.

Humans have not set foot on the Moon since the final Apollo mission in 1972, capping an era of U.S. national pride.

Only 24 people in history have ever been to the Moon. "And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching satellites and servicing the space station".

In a step that commercialises space travel, United States private space firm SpaceX on Friday announced that it will send the first private passenger to Moon and will reveal his identity on Monday.

Boeing is also hard at work on its crew vehicle, with pioneering flights planned for 2019 as well.

We don't know exactly when this private trip will take place; Engadget noted that it was originally scheduled for sometime this year, but it's likely going to be delayed so as to allow SpaceX to use the new BFR instead of its existing Falcon Heavy rocket with a Dragon capsule.

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.

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.

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