SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

14 Septembre, 2018, 15:54 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

The company said the programme is an important step towards making recreational space travel a reality for people.

This is not the first time the California-based company, headed by Internet entrepreneur and Tesla electric vehicle CEO Elon Musk, has touted plans to send tourists around the Moon.

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.

However, the company has remained mum about those plans in recent months. The company added that it will name the passenger and their reasons for flying on Monday.

SpaceX declined an AFP request for more details, but said further information would follow Monday at an event lasting from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm (0030 GMT to 0200 GMT).

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SpaceX said late Thursday it had signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon.

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

The launch would take place at Kennedy Space Center's launch complex 39A, SpaceX previously said. The reusable BFR-which CBS News calls the "centerpiece" of SpaceX's plans to send manned missions to the moon and Mars-was originally announced as a two-tiered contraption consisting of a 31-engine rocket and the Big Falcon Spaceship, though SpaceX CEO Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter that the rendering seen in the image accompanying Thursday's tweet is a "new version".

"All our resources will turn toward building BFR", Musk said a year ago, reported the Verge.

"I feel fairly confident that we can complete the ship and launch in about five years", Musk said.

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