SpaceX announced today that two citizens have paid an undisclosed amount to the company in order to be flown around the Moon in SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft in 2018.
“Designed from the beginning to carry humans, the Dragon spacecraft already has a long flight heritage. These missions will build upon that heritage, extending it to deep space mission operations, an important milestone as we work towards our ultimate goal of transporting humans to Mars.”
“This presents an opportunity for humans to return to deep space for the first time in 45 years,” says SpaceX, “and they will travel faster and further into the Solar System than any before them.”
Space X also gave some praise towards NASA for being part to make this happen saying:
“NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which provided most of the funding for Dragon 2 development, is a key enabler for this mission. In addition, this will make use of the Falcon Heavy rocket, which was developed with internal SpaceX funding. Falcon Heavy is due to launch its first test flight this summer and, once successful, will be the most powerful vehicle to reach orbit after the Saturn V moon rocket. At 5 million pounds of liftoff thrust, Falcon Heavy is two-thirds the thrust of Saturn V and more than double the thrust of the next largest launch vehicle currently flying.”
Right now it is uncertain who these two people are, but as the launch comes closer to the date, hopefully, we’ll expect to know.
SpaceX is also planning more significant endeavours such as landing on Mars and the eventual colonisation of Mars. We’ll just have to see how its plans turn out.
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