SpaceX set to identify first paying passenger for trip aroound the moon

SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon

SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon

Now the Elon Musk show returned to the sprawling SpaceX headquarters outside Los Angeles, where the company will - whether intentionally or not - provide a prime-time diversion to the troubles surrounding its celebrity chief executive by providing details about its long-anticipated moon shot.

SpaceX livestreamed the big news after teasing the announcement last week and calling it "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space".

Musk said on Twitter SpaceX's contracts with NASA remain a top priority, including the commercial crew program to shuttle NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

The high cost of the trip - estimated at around $150m (£120m) - means the person is also presumably a billionaire.

Musk described a slightly scaled-down 348-foot-tall rocket in September 2017 and announced that the private space company aimed to launch two cargo missions to Mars in 2022.

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.

He'll be the first private passenger to visit the moon in the company's much hyped Big Falcon Rocket - if the launch happens.

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In an interview in March, Musk said the ship was now being built, adding "I think we'll probably be able to do short flights, short sort of up-and-down flights, probably sometime in the first half of next year".

The billionaire chief executive of electric auto maker Tesla Inc, Musk revealed more details of the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, the super heavy-lift launch vehicle that he promises will shuttle passengers to the moon and eventually fly humans and cargo to Mars.

Elon Musk attempted to write the next chapter in his quest to open up space to the masses by announcing the first paying tourist that his company, SpaceX, would fly on a trip around the moon. Twenty-four men flew to the moon from 1968 through 1972 and half of them made it to the lunar surface.

NASA is shooting for its own flyby of the moon, with a crew, around 2023.

In February, SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy for the first time.

The British diver, Vernon Unsworth, sued Musk for defamation on Monday and is seeking more than $75,000.

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