SpaceX on Thursday has signed its first passenger to fly on company’s new rocket the big Falcon Rocket (BFR), it is a huge vehicle specially designed to take people into deep space. Though, no further details have given yet regarding when will the passenger fly on this vehicle around the Moon or when will it take off. The company said that they will reveal who is going to board the rocket and why, on Monday the 17th of September.
“SpaceX has signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our Big Falcon Rocket BFR launch vehicle — an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space,” the company said on Twitter.
The BFR design was given by the CEO of electric car company Elon Musk, last year. It contains combined rocket and spaceship known as the BFS for Big Falcon Spaceship. The main rocket will consist of 31 main Raptor engines which are capable of sending 150 tons to Earth’s lower orbit, as per Musk presentation.
This is not the first time that California-based company SpaceX wants to send people around the Moon. In February 2017, the company decided to send two passengers around the Moon in late 2018 on Falcon heavy rocket. Later, Musk told that trip was not going to happen and the name of the passengers also not disclosed at that time.
Musk told the verge, “We’re sort of debating whether to do that on Falcon Heavy or BFR, It will sort of depend on how well BFR development is going as to whether we focus on BFR for deep-space human flight or whether we do that on Falcon Heavy.”
SpaceX also claims that it is going to be the first trip of BFR to Mars that could happen anytime in 2022, the manufacturing cost is estimated to be around $10 billion. Moreover, if the venture becomes successful it will prove extremely beneficial for the company to achieve their future goals.