3,2,1: SpaceX counts down to reveal mystery Moon traveler

3,2,1: SpaceX counts down to reveal mystery Moon traveler

3,2,1: SpaceX counts down to reveal mystery Moon traveler

However, he didn't reveal the identity of the mystery passenger but has promised to provide details via a press conference scheduled for Monday, September 17, at the company's Hawthorne headquarters.

"SpaceX has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle", the company said, adding that it will be "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space".

In answer to a query about whether Musk himself would be the passenger, he tweeted an emoji of a Japanese flag.

While the trip is a fly-by, meaning that there will be no actual moon landing, this is still immensely significant.

BFR will inevitably borrow heavily from almost a decade of designing, building, testing, launching, and upgrading 60+ Falcon 9 and Heavy rockets, all successes and failures included.

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Musk says the moon mission will take four or five days and will go through uncrewed tests prior to sending a person out. Twelve walked on the lunar surface.

Given that this new BFR rocket, as it's dubbed, has yet to be built, the flight presumably is at least a few years off.

This isn't the first time Musk has vowed to send tourists around the Moon.

SpaceX's CEO is clearly chomping at the bit to reveal more information about the company's newest BFR iteration, hopefully now closing in on something close to what will actually enter production and begin flight testing.

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SpaceX has had a string of successful rocket launches, but that has been overshadowed by the struggles of Musk's Tesla electric vehicle company to deliver and his behavior.

The BFR spacecraft's shape is reminiscent of the space shuttle, the bus-like United States spaceships that carried astronauts to space 135 times from 1981 to 2011.

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic are also battling it out to launch private-sector spacecraft, but neither have so far announced pkans as ambitious as SpaceX.

Virgin's trip will cost about $250,000. The window for launching to Mars occurs every two years.

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