SpaceX to send Two Paying Tourist on Trip around the Moon

Technology - Pavan Pandey - Mar 01,2017

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spacex to send two paying tourist on trip around the moon

The CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk, publicized that two tourists have paid for a specific mission around the moon, which is about to set for launch in 2018 using company’s untested spaceship.

During a conference call with journalists, Mr. Musk declined to unveil the name of people or how much they had paid for this private mission, though Mr. Musk said the tourists know each other and are extremely serious about their moon mission.

During this conference call, Mr. Musk further mentioned that it is “nobody from Hollywood.”

According to Musk, the aerospace company was approached by the two people who shown interest in the moon mission late last year and they will get training and fitness tests as early as in 2017. An authorization from the United Nation will not be compulsory, though the private trip will require being certified by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration).

The California-based company is also projecting to launch an unmanned Dragon craft to the ISS (International Space Station) later in the year before sending a manned mission in the next year. 

Mr. Musk further added that the total flight of this mission would complete approximately 300,000 to 400,000 miles into space.

If this venture of SpaceX finishes the trip before the NASA and any other space agency, it would mark as the first lunar mission with the human in past 45 years, and it'll also cross the previous record (249,000 miles) that covered by the Apollo 13 astronauts in 1970.

According to SpaceX blog post, Like the Apollo space traveler before them, these two passengers will take a trip into space carrying the dreams and hopes of all humanity, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration.

Mr. Musk also said that the missions around the moon could offer a very useful rehearsal for eventual human flights to Red planet, Mars, which is a long-term aim for the company (Space Exploration Technologies Corporation).