SpaceX Says Passenger Booked to Circle Moon on Big Falcon Rocket

SpaceX Says Passenger Booked to Circle Moon on Big Falcon Rocket

In February, 2017, SpaceX announced it would send the world's first two space tourists around the Moon in late 2018.

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

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.

SpaceX has a passenger for the first private trip around the moon on its Big Falcon Rocket.

"Find out who's flying and why on Monday, September 17", the tweet said.

Why it matters: One lucky passenger, presumably of Japanese descent, will board SpaceX's BFR launch vehicle for an unforgettable trip around the Moon.

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US President Donald Trump also said the talks, which both countries intensified in recent weeks, were coming along well. Canada's Chrystia Freeland said of the negotiations that: "It's going to take flexibility on all sides".

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

Musk responded to questions from Twitter users following the announcement, saying that the rocket is still in development and has been "intentionally" created to resemble one seen in a classic comic book series, "The Adventures of Tintin". SpaceX spokespeople told the Wall Street Journal that the mission as still going to happen but remained tight-lipped about more details.

The names and identities of those two tourists - and how much they meant to pay - were never revealed.

The rocket in combination with a spaceship capsule is being built by SpaceX with the colonization of the planet Mars in mind.

SpaceX's BFR compared to other launch vehicles. Musk has designs on sending spacecraft to Mars and establishing a colony. there. Laliberté was the seventh and last space tourist, prior to SpaceX's announcement on Monday. "And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching satellites and servicing the space station".

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