Musk Signs Up First Passenger for Round-The-Moon Trip on SpaceX

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The flight on its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) would be "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space", the aerospace company wrote on Twitter.

This new mission, different from the one discussed by owner Elon Musk a year ago, would have one person fly around the moon in SpaceX's BFR launch vehicle.

Who will be the first to take a seat aboard the Big Falcon Rocket - a privately funded reusable rocket ship developed by SpaceX previous year, weighing in at 4.4 million kilos? "No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972".

The BFR is SpaceX's newest rocket, a super powerful launch vehicle with 31 engines and the capacity to lift 150 tons into space.

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But the tweet fell short of providing any actual details except that it would reveal more information on Monday about the passenger and the goal of the flight. We're probably looking at years of testing and planning before the BFR is ready to carry a human passenger, and taking them to the moon and back is much different than ferrying someone to the ISS. "And they're very serious about it".

In a recent question-and-answer session held in Madrid, SpaceX president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell said the company is targeting initial tests on the vehicle in late 2019 and launches as early as 2021. He also revealed in another tweet that the rendering of the BFR spacecraft was new. "Find out who's flying and why on Monday, September 17".

The rocket in combination with a spaceship capsule is being built by SpaceX with the colonization of the planet Mars in mind. The original 2018 launch ended up delayed as it took longer than expected to get the Falcon Heavy ready for flight.

As well as building a settlement on Mars to fulfill humanity's destiny of being "interplanetary", Musk wants to offer point to point rocket travel as an option instead of commercial flights.