Elon Musk's rocket company signed up its first passenger for a flight around the moon, taking a giant leap toward commercializing space travel.
If all goes well, this unnamed passenger will be the first person to visit the moon since NASA's Apollo mission in 1972.
The hard-charging rocket firm, run by billionaire Elon Musk, announced the news from its official Twitter handle. As to which lucky person won the Wonka Golden Ticket to IRL space camp, according to a tweet, "who's flying and why" will be revealed on Monday, September 17, during an event at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
The webcast is embedded below.
They would have blasted off aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket.
But Musk later hinted that the passenger could be Japanese by tweeting the country's flag when asked if he was the one being sent. Its design was first presented almost a year ago, and the concept boasted a single system that included a booster and a ship that could travel to the moon and Mars. The plan for lunar tourism was postponed until at least mid-2019 or longer, a spokesperson told WSJ in June.
More details would be made available on Monday, it said.
Musk's SpaceX and Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic are among the companies attempting to commercialize space travel.
"SpaceX will probably build 30 to 40 rocket cores for 300 missions over five years". "And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching satellites and servicing the space station".