SpaceX is making big moves in the world of science and tech, especially after announcing they would be sending a tourist into space.
If you haven’t already heard, SpaceX is set to launch a tourist on a trip around the moon and will reveal just who that lucky person will be during a Sept. 17, 2018, event. The space rocket firm, owned and run by Elon Musk, announced the big news this past Thursday evening on its official Twitter page.
“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 tweet said. SpaceX later announced that they would be revealing the identity of the traveler this upcoming Monday!
The Big Falcon Rocket, also known as the BFR, is a spaceship system created by SpaceX that consists of exactly two key components. One is a massive rocket booster that enables the spacecraft to launch from Earth to Space, and the other being a part of the spacecraft that vaults out of the Earth's atmosphere upon take off. SpaceX has kept most of the details regarding the trip secret and refused to comment further on what we could expect to happen.
According to CNN, financial deals regarding the trip have yet to be discussed, and many are still wondering if this trip to the moon has any connection with the deal SpaceX made last February 2017, when they launched the BFR tourism mission. It is said that the BFR is many years away from its actual flight, considering it still has a lot of work left to be done on it. Musk himself said he hoped to begin testing this specific spaceship sometime in 2019.
As for a clearer launch date, SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell announced that the BFR would likely go for an official launch “within a decade”. Although the announcement is exciting, we should not hold our breath for too long! When it comes to Musk, he is well known for issuing quite ambitious schedules, and although he didn’t announce a concrete date, we can expect the BFR trip to occur before 2028.
Let us know if you’d ever be willing to take a trip the moon if the opportunity were to ever arise!