Elon Musk’s SpaceX signs up first passenger for round-the-moon trip

SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

SpaceX has signed up its first passenger for a trip around the moon

Thursday night's tweet also included a new image of the Big Falcon Rocket, which has long remained under wraps since the company announced it would undergo changes to make its production and deployment more feasible. Details on who is flying - and why - will be revealed during a live webcast on September 17 at 6:00 p.m.

At the time, Musk said the pair approached SpaceX about sending them on a weeklong flight and paid a "significant" deposit for the trip.

Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX has enrolled its first passenger for a trip around the moon.

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 recently announced it has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard its BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) launch vehicle. It's anybody's guess, but Musk did reply to a tweet with a Japanese flag emoji, prompting speculation that the tourist is from Japan.

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This is not the first time the California-based company, headed by Internet entrepreneur and Tesla electric vehicle CEO Elon Musk, has touted plans to send tourists around the Moon.

It is not yet clear if the BFR voyage has any connection to SpaceX's previous pledge to send tourists on a fly-around-the-moon mission.

The names and identities of those two tourists - and how much they meant to pay - were never revealed.

The 31-engine BFR is part of the company's grand plan for travelling between planets, and will replace its current suite of rockets like the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy. These include performing satellite launches, cleaning up space junk, and of course, taking the rich and space curious on trips around the moon.

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