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SpaceX has its first civilian passenger-with a secret identity

SpaceX has its first civilian passenger-with a secret identity

In a step that commercialises space travel, United States private space firm SpaceX on Friday announced that it will send the first private passenger to Moon and will reveal his identity on Monday.

Elon Musk's rocket company has signed up its first passenger for a flight around the moon, taking a giant leap towards commercialising space travel.

Who will be the first to take a seat aboard the Big Falcon Rocket - a privately funded reusable rocket ship developed by SpaceX past year, weighing in at 4.4 million kilos?

SpaceX has stated that the BFR would be capable of sending crews to the Moon and Mars.

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. Details on who is flying - and why - will be revealed during a live webcast on September 17 at 6:00 p.m.

In 2009, space tourist Guy Laliberté flew to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz TMA-16, leaving from Kazakhstan. The original 2018 launch ended up delayed as it took longer than expected to get the Falcon Heavy ready for flight.




This could be humanity's first lunar visit since 1972, depending on how NASA's latest moon plans shape up.

Ever wondered who owns the moon? Next July will mark the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing by Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

SpaceX now has a $1.6 billion 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.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter that the trip would make use of a new version of the company's BFR launch vehicle.

"I feel fairly confident that we can complete the ship and launch in about five years", Musk said.

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