SpaceX Signs its First Private Passenger to Fly 'Round the Moon

SpaceX's Giant BFR Rocket Will Launch a Passenger Around the Moon

The company said the programme is an important step towards making recreational space travel a reality for people.

This could be humanity's first lunar visit since 1972, depending on how NASA's latest moon plans shape up. In its tweet Thursday, SpaceX shared what Musk confirmed on Twitter was a new rendering of the BFS.

The teasing tweet said more details will be revealed on Monday, 17th September via a live webcast that will begin at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 GMT on Sept. 18).

Now, the Hawthorne, Calif. -based company says it's ready to unveil the name of the first person to take the trip and the reason for the journey.

But when one of Musk's fans asked him who would be taking part in the mission, the billionaire tweeted out an emoji of the Japanese flag, sparking speculation that a Japanese billionaire was planning to make the flight. However the passengers were never named and the flight has yet to materialize.

He has also said that eventually the fleet of SpaceX rockets will be phased out and the BFR will be responsible for all of SpaceX's ambitions.

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.

He introduced the BFR, composed of a rocket and spaceship, last year, saying it was aimed at allowing people to colonize Mars and that the company wanted to land two cargo ships on the Red Planet in 2022.

In an interview in March, Musk said the ship was now being built, adding "I think we'll probably be able to do short flights, short sort of up-and-down flights, probably sometime in the first half of next year".

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