SpaceX signs up first private moon traveler

SpaceX signs up first private moon traveler

The BFR, which Elon Musk said can carry up to 100 people when it was first touted previous year, will fly around the moon as part of the personal trip.

SpaceX announced late Thursday evening that it had penned its first ever private passenger to fly around the moon in its new Big Falcon Rocket (BFR).

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 now has a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to supply the astronauts living at the ISS, via regular cargo trips on its Dragon spaceship, launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.

No details have been revealed about who the passenger is and why they're flying, but SpaceX said it would reveal all on Monday.

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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.

SpaceX has always been public about their dream of sending private citizens to space. No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972, said the company. SpaceX was tight-lipped about the financial terms of the deal and the identity of the individuals.

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.

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. "And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching satellites and servicing the space station".

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