SpaceX Signs its First Private Passenger to Fly 'Round the Moon

SpaceX Signs its First Private Passenger to Fly 'Round the Moon

SpaceX Signs its First Private Passenger to Fly 'Round the Moon

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

SpaceX, the rocket company founded by billionaire Elon Musk, announced late Thursday that it has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the moon in its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR).

SpaceX now has a $1.6 billion 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.

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

That plan called for them to ride on a Dragon crew vehicle, similar to the cargo ships that SpaceX routinely sends loaded with supplies to the International Space Station.

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. We plan to do that, probably in the fourth quarter of next year (2018).

The Falcon Heavy debuted one year after that announcement was made.

On its website, SpaceX is touting the "first passenger on lunar BFR mission", implying there will be more.

The rocket in combination with a spaceship capsule is being built by SpaceX with the colonization of the planet Mars in mind. Musk has designs on sending spacecraft to Mars and establishing a colony. there.

The journey will see SpaceX put its new reusable BFR rocket through its paces. These include performing satellite launches, cleaning up space junk, and of course, taking the rich and space curious on trips around the moon.

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