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Artist’s concept of SpaceX’s planned interplanetary spaceship at the moon. Credit: SpaceX
A year-and-a-half after announcing plans to launch two private citizens on a flight around the moon using the company’s Falcon Heavy rocket and Dragon capsule, SpaceX posted a tweet late Thursday announcing apparently revised plans to launch a “private passenger” on a moon flight using SpaceX’s new BFR rocket.
While the Falcon family of reusable boosters is currently flying, the reusable Saturn 5-class BFR, an acronym that stands for “Big Falcon (or fill in the blanks) Rocket,” has not yet been launched to orbit and the company has released few details about its design, development and test schedule.
But the heavy-lift rocket is the centerpiece of Musk’s plans to eventually launch crews and cargo to the moon, Mars and beyond.
“SpaceX has signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle — an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space,” SpaceX tweeted late Thursday. “Find out who’s flying and why on Monday, September 17.”
A second tweet reminded readers that “only 24 humans have been ...