SpaceX To Reveal Identity Of First Space Tourist

SpaceX's Giant BFR Rocket Will Launch a Passenger Around the Moon

SpaceX recently announced it has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard its BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) launch vehicle.

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

When asked if he himself is the passenger, he hinted that the mystery person is Japanese by tweeting the country's flag.

The person's identity will be revealed on September 17, SpaceX. said in a tweet.

After people responded with questions, Musk weighed in and confirmed that the render of the Big Falcon Rocket, which is still in development, is new and "intentionally" created to resemble one seen in a classic Tintin comic.

That plan called for them to ride on a Dragon crew vehicle, similar to the cargo ships that SpaceX routinely sends loaded with supplies to the International Space Station. We plan to do that, probably in the fourth quarter of next year (2018).

At that time, SpaceX said two people signed a deal with SpaceX to make a trip around the moon aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket.

No other details have yet emerged about the mission, when it will take place or how much the yet unidentified passenger has paid for the privilege.

In April, Musk posted a picture to Instagram (since removed) of what he described as the "main body tool" for his company's BFR interplanetary spaceship.

As well as building a settlement on Mars to fulfill humanity's destiny of being "interplanetary", Musk wants to offer point to point rocket travel as an option instead of commercial flights.

However, it was not clear whether the BFR tourism mission has any link to an announcement SpaceX made in February 2017, the CNN reported.

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