SpaceX: Announcement coming Monday about private passengers flying on BFR to Moon

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In February, 2017, SpaceX announced it would send the world's first two space tourists around the Moon in late 2018.

Elon Musk's rocket company has signed up its first passenger for a flight around the moon, taking a giant leap towards commercialising space travel.

SpaceX on Thursday announced a new plan to launch a tourist around the Moon using its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), a massive launch vehicle that is being created to carry people into deep space.

SpaceX now has a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to supply the astronauts living at the ISS, via regular cargo trips on its Dragon spaceship, launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.

Musk left a clue possibly regarding the flyer's nationality, tweeting the flag of Japan when asked if it was him that would be going on the trip.

SpaceX tweeted the news on Thursday evening, announcing that it will reveal the identity of the traveler and why they want to go on Monday, September 17.

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SpaceX has always been public about their dream of sending private citizens to space.

Why it matters: One lucky passenger, presumably of Japanese descent, will board SpaceX's BFR launch vehicle for an unforgettable trip around the Moon.

"SpaceX will probably build 30 to 40 rocket cores for 300 missions over five years".

The Falcon Heavy debuted one year after that announcement was made. But Musk has broad ambitions for SpaceX and the BFR.

Musk announced the BFR in 2017 and has since gone on to state that it could be used for a wide array of purposes. "And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching satellites and servicing the space station".

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