SpaceX Plans To Send A Tourist Around The Moon
SpaceX took to twitter on Thursday to announce their new plan to send a tourist around the moon. The rocket firm, led by billionaire Elon Musk, plans to conduct this mission using its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), specifically designed to carry people into deep space. SpaceX didn’t divulge further details. However, the tweet hinted that more will be revealed on Monday.
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 traveling to space. Find out who’s flying and why on Monday, September 17. pic.twitter.com/64z4rygYhk
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 14, 2018
Making such ambitious claims is not unusual for SpaceX. In February last year, the company expressed its intention to send the world’s first two space tourists around the moon in late 2018. It seems that those touted plans are now completely forgotten. The trip was supposed to be made aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket, but the passengers were never named. Eventually, during the inaugural flight of the Falcon Heavy, Elon Musk acknowledged that the occurrence of the trip might not be a possibility.
It remains to be seen whether this new venture will be a success or not. It is also a mystery whether this new passenger is one of the two former passengers or someone new altogether. However, looking at Musk’s response on Twitter, people are placing their bets on the passenger being from Japan.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 14, 2018
The company has set up a Livestream on YouTube, insinuating that they will indeed announce something big. For now, we have no information where SpaceX is getting the funds to go through with this mission. In fact, it is unclear if the company is getting funded in the first place.
SpaceX is a private aerospace manufacturer and is a key partner to NASA. This month itself, SpaceX launched a commercial satellite from Florida. The firm is worth a whopping $28 billion and currently has a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to supply the astronauts living at the International Space Station (ISS).