SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon

SpaceX's Giant BFR Rocket Will Launch a Passenger Around the Moon

Artist's illustration of SpaceX's BFR spaceship cruising around the moon. Credit SpaceX

On Twitter, Musk's space firm wrote: 'SpaceX has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle-an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space.

Who will be flying and why will be known on Monday, September 17 at 6 pm PT, added in the tweet.

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It is not yet clear if the BFR voyage has any connection to SpaceX's previous pledge to send tourists on a fly-around-the-moon mission.

He introduced the BFR, composed of a rocket and spaceship, last year, saying it was aimed at allowing people to colonize Mars and that the company wanted to land two cargo ships on the Red Planet in 2022. When asked if Musk would be the person aboard the flight, he responded simply by posting an emoji of a Japanese flag.

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The company first made plans to fly two private citizens around the moon in February of 2017 using the company's Falcon Heavy rocket and Dragon capsule, but those plans have apparently been revised. Musk has designs on sending spacecraft to Mars and establishing a colony. there. SpaceX was tight-lipped about the financial terms of the deal and the identity of the individuals.

He has also said that eventually the fleet of SpaceX rockets will be phased out and the BFR will be responsible for all of SpaceX's ambitions.

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But during a Falcon Heavy press conference earlier this year, Musk told reporters that, for the time being, SpaceX had no plans to certify the Falcon Heavy for human spaceflight. "And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching satellites and servicing the space station".

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