SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 14, 2018

Asked on Twitter, whether he would be the passenger, SpaceX founder and billionaire Elon Musk posted an emoji of the Japanese flag.

In a tweet late Thursday, the company proclaimed a deal has been struck with a "private passenger" to fly around the moon in its Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR-an "important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space".

The BFR, or Big Falcon Rocket, is SpaceX's forthcoming spaceship system that consists of two parts: A massive rocket booster that promises to out-power any ever built, and a towering spacecraft that will vault out of the Earth's atmosphere. He also revealed in another tweet that the rendering of the BFR spacecraft was new.

More details would be made available on Monday, it said.

"BFR will basically allow people to work and live in space and deploy technology that has not been able to be deployed", Shotwell said in a video recording of the September 10 talk.

Although SpaceX has a number of successful launches to its name, it's still yet to reach that ultimate goal of sending a human to space. Those plans have since been scrapped in favor of the BFR.

SpaceX now has a $1.6 billion (roughly Rs. 11,400 crores) contract with NASA to supply the astronauts living at the ISS, via regular cargo trips on its Dragon spaceship, launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.

The company will announce who the first passenger will be on Monday at 9 p.m. eastern time.

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