Musk signs up mystery passenger to take rocket trip around moon

15 September, 2018, 01:54 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • SpaceX is hoping to follow the success of its Falcon 9 rocket with a new generation Super Falcon Rocket

Assuming no other flights beat SpaceX to its goal and the person aboard isn't a repeat flyer (which has happened only once), the individual aboard SpaceX's first private flight will be the eighth-ever space tourist to leave the Earth's exosphere. The tweet sent the internet ablaze with rumors who the passenger might be.

On Twitter, Elon Musk was asked who the passenger is and simply responded with an emoji of the Japanese flag.

This could be humanity's first lunar visit since 1972, depending on how NASA's latest moon plans shape up.

The first ship carrying crews could arrive two years later, he said.

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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In June this year, it was reported the mission had been postponed until 2019 at the earliest.

The company tweeted that the mystery citizen's identity will be revealed on Monday at 9 p.m. ET.

SpaceX will send its first passenger around the Moon in a Big Falcon Rocket (seen in its original form). Plans for that flight were eventually delayed; it's unclear if one of the two passengers from that flight will be taking the trip on the BFR.

Musk announced the BFR in 2017 and has since gone on to state that it could be used for a wide array of purposes.

At the time, Musk said the pair approached SpaceX about sending them on a weeklong flight and paid a "significant" deposit for the trip. "And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching satellites and servicing the space station".

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