SpaceX announces first private moon flight passenger on Sept. 17

  • SpaceX announces first private moon flight passenger on Sept. 17

SpaceX announces first private moon flight passenger on Sept. 17

The company, led by billionaire Elon Musk, planned to reveal the person's identity during a live webcast at 6 p.m. Monday.

"SpaceX has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle - an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space", the company said on its website. His tweet of a Japanese flag emoji, fueled speculation that the mystery passenger is a Japanese businessperson.

The as-of-yet-unnamed patron will be paying a huge price for the privilege of traveling around the Moon, and SpaceX has a huge job ahead of it to actually make the trip happen.

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.

Astronauts last visited the moon during NASA's Apollo program.

SpaceX chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell has said the BFR's first test flight should take place next year.

For the first time in almost 50 years a human will go to the moon.

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. Some of the other questions the announcement could answer include how SpaceX is funding the BFR project, how much it will cost, when the vehicle will be ready and what the most recent design updates are. SpaceX plans to launch the first unmanned mission to Mars by 2022 - a goal Musk himself has described as "Ambitious", with a sight to putting the first humans on the red planet by 2024.

Read everything we know about the BFR and its spaceship design here.

Going to the Moon could be far quicker. Musk will soon announce who that first person is.

He has alleged that a cave diver in Thailand who helped rescue stranded boys was a "pedo", smoked what appeared to be marijuana on a comedian's podcast, spooked Tesla investors with comments about the future of the electric vehicle maker, and admitted to exhaustion and use of the sleeping pill Ambien.