Space X dégote son premier "touriste lunaire"

15 Septembre, 2018, 02:37 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Une fusée de SpaceX

Reste à savoir quand le projet de SpaceX se concrétisera, la course à la Lune est relancée par plusieurs pays depuis quelques années: la Russie et la Chine (mais aussi l'Europe) ont annoncé souhaiter y établir les fondations de base avancées pour l'organisation de missions futures vers l'espace lointain. Selon ses concepteurs, elle permettra de faire le tour du monde, de la Lune, et éventuellement de la planète Mars.

La société spatiale privée donnera prochainement l'identité du premier client qui a donc signé avec la firme pour effectuer un vol spatial autour de la Lune à bord de la fusée BFR qui ne sera pas finalisée avant plusieurs années. Son identité sera révélée lors d'un live lundi 17 septembre.

Au total, 24 astronautes seulement sont allés sur la Lune dans l'histoire de l'humanité, a rappelé SpaceX dans un bref message sur Twitter.

Dans son tweet, la compagnie rappelle que le dernier vol habité en orbite lunaire date de décembre 1972 avec la mission Apollo.

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Le premier touriste de l'espace à voyager avec SpaceX a été sélectionné!

Début 2017, Elon Musk avait annoncé que deux passagers seraient envoyés vers la Lune en 2018, à bord de la fusée Falcon Heavy. Les premiers entraînements des apprentis astronautes étaient censés commencer courant 2017, après évaluation de leur condition physique.

Avec la fusée BFR, le fantasque génie milliardaire compte enfin décrocher la lune. Le lanceur devrait mesurer 106 mètres de hauteur, avec une poussée de 5 000 tonnes. Bien plus que Saturn V (7,9 millions de livres), la plus puissante fusée jamais construite, qui avait envoyé des astronautes sur la Lune au tournant des années 1970.

L'engin sera prêt pour des " vols de courte durée " en 2019, et des vols d'essai dans trois ou quatre ans.

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