World Media

SpaceX Will Send World's First Private Space Passenger Around the Moon

SpaceX Will Send World's First Private Space Passenger Around the Moon

Billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard.

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 first floated the idea of sending private people around the moon in early 2017, saying two people had "paid a significant deposit" for the mission.

The BFR is SpaceX's newest rocket, a super powerful launch vehicle with 31 engines and the capacity to lift 150 tons into space.

The webcast is embedded below. In response Musk mysteriously tweeted an emoji of the Japanese flag.

Musk responded to questions from Twitter users following the announcement, saying that the rocket is still in development and has been "intentionally" created to resemble one seen in a classic comic book series, "The Adventures of Tintin".

President Trump rejects Puerto Rico hurricane death statistics
And she was quick to respond to Trump's tweets on Puerto Rico's death toll, declaring that the comments " might be a new low ". When CNN contributor Ana Navarro criticizes Trump, his supporters typically try to paint her as a Democratic Party operative.

"We've been approached to do a crewed mission beyond the moon from some private individuals", he said at the time. We plan to do that, probably in the fourth quarter of next year (2018).

The company tweeted that the mystery citizen's identity will be revealed on Monday at 9 p.m. ET.

SpaceX originally planned to send two paying passengers on a flight around the moon this year using its Falcon Heavy rocket and a Dragon capsule.

SpaceX declined an AFP request for more details, but said further information would follow Monday at an event lasting from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm (0030 GMT to 0200 GMT).

However the passengers were never named and the flight has yet to materialise. These include performing satellite launches, cleaning up space junk, and of course, taking the rich and space curious on trips around the moon.