Musk signs up first passenger for round-the-moon trip on SpaceX


SpaceX will reveal the passenger and say when the launch will take place during an announcement Monday. The tweet sent the internet ablaze with rumors who the passenger might be.

This is not the first time the California-based company, headed by Internet entrepreneur and Tesla electric vehicle CEO Elon Musk, has touted plans to send tourists around the Moon. In its tweet Thursday, SpaceX shared what Musk confirmed on Twitter was a new rendering of the BFS.

SpaceX has always been public about their dream of sending private citizens to space.

The Falcon Heavy debuted one year after that announcement was made.

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Its design was first presented almost a year ago, and the concept boasted a single system that included a booster and a ship that could travel to the moon and Mars. We plan to do that, probably in the fourth quarter of next year (2018). The original plan called for two paying passengers to fly around the moon this year, using a Falcon Heavy rocket and a Dragon crew capsule. SpaceX spokespeople told the Wall Street Journal that the mission as still going to happen but remained tight-lipped about more details. But Musk has broad ambitions for SpaceX and the BFR.

In a recent question-and-answer session held in Madrid, SpaceX president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell said the company is targeting initial tests on the vehicle in late 2019 and launches as early as 2021.

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".