SpaceX says it will fly private passenger 'around the Moon'

SpaceX says it will fly private passenger 'around the Moon'

SpaceX says it will fly private passenger 'around the Moon'

In 2017, Mr Musk announced that he would be sending two paying passengers on a loop around the Moon - which was to have launched as early as this year.

Maezawa's lunar mission will also be very risky.

And if you were wondering, "We'll do a bunch of test launches before having any people on board", Musk said.

"As far as me going, I'm not sure". Musk said, however, that the down payment alone was "significant".

After people responded with questions, Musk weighed in and confirmed that the render of the Big Falcon Rocket, which is still in development, is new and "intentionally" created to resemble one seen in a classic Tintin comic. According to Forbes, Maezawa has a fortune of $3 billion.

On top of all that, SpaceX said that the BFR will be 100 percent reusable, making the trip "economically feasible". It consists of a massive rocket booster that promises to out-power any that has ever been built and a towering spacecraft, nicknamed BFS for Big Falcon Spaceship, that will vault out of the Earth's atmosphere. Vice President Mike Pence has advocated a return to the moon, telling the National Space Council in October that it could serve as a steppingstone to Mars.

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But Musk said, "This is the final iteration in terms of broad architectural design".

The SLS is an advanced, heavy-lift rocket that will provide an entirely new capability for science and human exploration beyond Earth's orbit. Since then, NASA has relied on Russian Federation to ferry astronauts to the space station. The first manned flight is expected in April 2019 - a demonstration flight carrying two NASA astronauts.

The first space tourist was Dennis Tito, an American businessman who in 2001 paid some $20 million to fly on a Russian spaceship to the International Space Station.

This isn't the first time Musk has vowed to send tourists around the Moon. Now, it's anticipated that it can occur on the LA-built BFR, instead of a Falcon Heavy carrying a Dragon capsule. Musk added that the BFR launch system represents "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space".

Their ventures plan to conduct short suborbital trips during which passengers can briefly experience weightlessness and an expansive view of Earth. And now, it appears there will be only one person aboard.

Virgin's trip will cost about $250,000. To the outside world, however, the program's penultimate flight was the Apollo 11 moon landing in July 1969. Blue Origin's price has not been revealed.

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