The US private space company SpaceX, founded and owned by Elon Musk, will take the first step into space tourism sooner than we thought. Sending tourists into space, to fly around the Moon in SpaceX space shuttles is the company’s dream for some time now, coming second after sending humans to Mars.
According to SpaceX that it is an “important step” for “ordinary people who dream of traveling into space” to do so in the future. The company made this statement after reaching an agreement for conducting space tourism flights and already dealing with one man who would like to travel in space.
“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,” stated SpaceX on Twitter.
SpaceX plans on emerging in space tourism with a flight around the Moon, and the Elon Musk’s company will reveal the identity of the first space tourist next Monday, September 17th
SpaceX is currently the only US private space company that regularly launches rockets to deploy satellite or carry cargo and equipment to the ISS. However, Elon Musk and his company have grander plans such as the emergence in the space tourism sector and the first manned mission to Mars.
As for the first space tourism flight around the Moon, SpaceX also added on Twitter that we would “find out who’s flying and why on Monday, September 17th.”
Besides being a company with enormous long-term ambitions such as bringing humans to Mars and conducting frequent space tourism flights, SpaceX will be in charge of sending US astronauts to the ISS in its Dragon Capsule starting with 2019.
In fact, there is a competition between SpaceX and Boeing for flying NASA astronauts to the ISS, but, so far, it seems that Elon Musk’s company won the battle both for ISS flight and space tourism.