SpaceX To Reveal Identity Of First Space Tourist

14 September, 2018, 20:41 | Author: Sidney Guerrero
  • SpaceX is hoping to follow the success of its Falcon 9 rocket with a new generation Super Falcon Rocket

As per a tweet on Thursday, the company has signed its first private passenger to fly on its BFR launch vehicle, in what would be "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space".

Musk left a clue possibly regarding the flyer's nationality, tweeting the flag of Japan when asked if it was him that would be going on the trip.

Assuming no other flights beat SpaceX to its goal and the person aboard isn't a repeat flyer (which has happened only once), the individual aboard SpaceX's first private flight will be the eighth-ever space tourist to leave the Earth's exosphere.

Who will be flying and why will be known on Monday, September 17 at 6 pm PT, added in the tweet.

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.

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He also confirmed that the rendering of the spacecraft in the company's original tweet is a new version of SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR). We'll find out on Monday if the adventurous soul signed up to the BFR mission is one of the same people that was planning to go on the Falcon Heavy trip.

He has also said that eventually the fleet of SpaceX rockets will be phased out and the BFR will be responsible for all of SpaceX's ambitions.

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.

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.

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