SpaceX gets first private passenger for moon trip

SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon

Tonight, Space X is planning to announce the first passenger who will fly around the moon aboard their new BFR rocket.

However, he didn't reveal the identity of the mystery passenger but has promised to provide details via a press conference scheduled for Monday, September 17, at the company's Hawthorne headquarters.

In answer to a query about whether Musk himself would be the passenger, he tweeted an emoji of a Japanese flag.

While the trip to the moon is, in and of itself, a fairly bold undertaking, realistically it's just the first step towards Musk's ultimate goal of being the person that facilitated humanity's move to living on two separate planets. According to Forbes magazine's rich list, there are 34 Japanese-born billionaires in the world, though many of them may be too old to take the trip.

You might've already spotted SpaceX's new render of the BFR ship, when the company announced that it had signed a passenger to fly around the moon on Thursday.

SpaceX said the mission will launch aboard its upcoming launch system, called the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR.

Shotwell estimated that the BFR will launch within a decade.

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Elon Musk's SpaceX has been talking up its plans to shoot tourists around the moon since early 2017.

As curiosity mounts over the futuristic BFR, Musk tweeted 3 images, showing it will consist of a first stage with engines and fuel systems, and a second stage with the spacecraft where the passengers will ride. The BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) is being developed in a SpaceX facility at the Port of Los Angeles.

A Martian mission is far more complicated than a back-and-forth trip around the Moon.

The BFR is essentially a 48m long spaceship attached to the top of a reusable 36m rocket booster.

Short sightseeing trips to space aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket are likely to cost around $200,000 to $300,000, at least to start, Reuters reported in July.

Two high executives announced departures from Tesla, and the diver sued Musk on Monday.

Next year, SpaceX - which has received billions in NASA funding to ferry supplies to the ISS and build a crew vehicle - hopes to become the first private company to send astronauts to the space station.

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