Who will be Elon Musk's first paying passenger on SpaceX moon mission?

Who will be Elon Musk's first paying passenger on SpaceX moon mission?

Who will be Elon Musk's first paying passenger on SpaceX moon mission?

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

Elon Musk's rocket company signed up its first passenger for a flight around the moon, taking a giant leap toward commercializing space travel - at least in terms of consumer demand. That mostly likely means the passenger is from Japan, SpaceX is moving to Japan, or Musk is simply trolling people with emojis.

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.

SpaceX is planning to launch a tourist on a trip around the moon, and the company said it will reveal the person's identity during a September 17 event.

In 2009, space tourist Guy Laliberté flew to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz TMA-16, leaving from Kazakhstan. "That would be on a Dragon 2 spacecraft and a Falcon Heavy rocket, which is due to do its maiden launch this summer". Sir Richard Branson, the daredevil founder behind Virgin Galactic, said in May his company was "two or three more flights" away from its first commercial suborbital trip.

The launch plans appear to have changed since Musk announced a year ago a mission to transport two paying passengers aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket and Dragon crew capsule to the moon.

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US President Donald Trump has championed plans to put boots on the Moon again, as NASA works on building a lunar gateway that would serve as a launching point for missions heading even further into deep space, such as asteroids or Mars.

In 2017, Japanese internet conglomerate SofBbank, which runs the $93 billion SoftBank Vision Fund, invested in satellite broadband provider OneWeb, a business which SpaceX is also interested in, according to leaked documents obtained by Quartz.

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".

The hard-charging rocket firm, run by billionaire Elon Musk, announced the news from its official Twitter handle.

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