SpaceX: Announcement coming Monday about private passengers flying on BFR to Moon

SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

The announcement will come Monday, SpaceX tweeted, calling it "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space".

Billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard. Find out who's flying and why on Monday, September 17'.

SpaceX first floated the idea of sending private people around the moon in early 2017, saying two people had "paid a significant deposit" for the mission.

The first ship carrying crews could arrive two years later, he said. Then the BFR takes over and Falcon retires.

It is not yet clear if the BFR voyage has any connection to SpaceX's previous pledge to send tourists on a fly-around-the-moon mission. However, around the same time, Musk told reporters that his space company had no plans to use the world's most powerful operational launch vehicle for human space travel. SpaceX was tight-lipped about the financial terms of the deal and the identity of the individuals.

The company has stated that more details about the event's activities will be announced closer to the event itself and that it would last for about an hour-and-a-half (from 5:30 7:00 p.m. PDT).

In December 2017, US President Donald Trump also issued a directive to "lead an innovative space exploration programme to send American astronauts back to the moon, and eventually Mars".

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