Elon Musk’s SpaceX signs up first passenger for round-the-moon trip
Sep 15 2018
As per a tweet on Thursday, the company has signed its first private passenger to fly on its BFR launch vehicle, in what would be "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space".
If all goes well, this unnamed passenger will be the first person to visit the moon since NASA's Apollo mission in 1972.
No other details have yet emerged about the mission, when it will take place or how much the yet unidentified passenger has paid for the privilege.
They would have blasted off aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket. We plan to do that, probably in the fourth quarter of next year (2018). Sir Richard Branson, the daredevil founder behind Virgin Galactic, said in May his company was "two or three more flights" away from its first commercial suborbital trip.
The company will announce who the first passenger will be on Monday at 9 p.m. eastern time. SpaceX originally promised this mission with the Falcon Heavy, but that rocket appears to be falling out of favor.
Musk, who also heads Tesla, has said the rocket would be the largest and most powerful rocket in history. By the early 2020s, SpaceX hopes the BFR will replace all of its existing rockets and spacecraft.
In December 2017, US President Donald Trump also issued a directive to "lead an innovative space exploration programme to send American astronauts back to the moon, and eventually Mars".