SpaceX to Reveal First Passenger for BFR Circum-lunar Flight on Monday

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (SpaceX PR) — 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.

Only 24 humans have been to the Moon in history. No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972. Find out who’s flying and why on Monday, September 17 at 6pm PT.

Editor’s Note: SpaceX announced in February 2017 to send two people around the moon aboard a modified Crew Dragon spacecraft using a Falcon Heavy booster.  The two individuals had already paid significant deposits toward the flight, which was to have taken place late this year.

In Febraury 2018, Musk announced that he had scrapped plans to use the Falcon Heavy and Crew Dragon. Instead, the BFR would be used for the cicum-lunar flyby. Musk said earlier this year that BFR could be ready for flights beyond Earth orbit in 2022.


  • Michael Halpern

    Anyone could have told you that he has to be at least a little bit crazy to go into the industries he has

  • Mr Snarky Answer

    Don’t assume you know the details about the argument involving the “safety” system either.

  • Not Invented Here

    It is amazing to me, and a tribute to I guess the space wantabees that anyone I mean ANYONE believes a single claim he has made for BFS/BFR

    People believe him because he accomplished pretty much everything he set out to do. They’re usually late, and some are not 100% what was originally promised, but it all got done more or less in the end.

    Remember this very site used to rail against SpaceX has a backlog that keeps getting delayed? You don’t see them anymore, do you? Back in May 2017 Scott Pace was still trying to make this complaint, boy was he in for a rude awakening. Just like that the backlog was cleared, now the naysayers need to find something else to complain about.

    A moon flight annoncement while he is struggling to get Dragon 2 flying?

    What struggle? A Dragon 2 is already at the Cape waiting for launch.

  • Robert G. Oler

    see how it works out

  • ThomasLMatula

    No, the DC-1 was the prototype built in response to the RFP from TWA because Boeing would sell them the B-247. Test flights revealed ways for Douglas to improve it and those improved versions became the DC-2. Then the airliners asked for one with more capacity and that became the DC-3.

  • Robert G. Oler

    add 10 years to stated years

  • Paul451

    Who are you trying to explain this to?

  • envy

    we have to pay to use

    The costs you listed includes 6 operational flights per provider. Your implication that the taxpayers are paying $2.6 billion to develop D2 and then paying more to fly NASA crew on it is highly disingenuous at best.

  • envy

    The commercial sector is working on producing new vehicles without government seed money. See: New Glenn, BFR.

  • envy

    One person could pay for it, if they were sufficiently well-heeled. Someone like Bezos could pay for it several hundred times over. But evidently nobody was that interested in doing so.

  • envy

    Don’t even bother. Once Commercial Crew is flying you’ll see those goalposts move so fast it will make your head spin. And again for BFR.

  • envy

    NASA’s way would be several tens of billions, at least. Not hundreds of millions.

    Where are you going to get a better deal than a couple hundred million for a flight around the moon? This is a captive customer base. SpaceX can charge whatever they need to to make it happen, and that will be several hundred million.

  • Michael Halpern

    No Musk is usually within 2 years of target date, FH had to deal with F9 advancement.

  • Michael Halpern

    For most things at least for next step its add 12 to 24 months

  • Terry Rawnsley

    I’m actually happy about that. Hopefully that means that both Musk and Bezos have faith that the commercial sector will thrive and surpass the public sector in the area of manned spaceflight. If they truly believe that, they should be left alone to continue their progress without government assistance in the form of grants. If the government wants something, it should pay for it but I diverge from some others who feel the government should help “seed” the commercial space industry for its own sake. I don’t really consider myself a “capitalist” but my stance puts me at odds with several regular commenters trumpeting the supremacy of private enterprise while calling for government handouts to the commercial space industry.

  • envy

    Payment for services rendered is not a “handout”. The government needs those services, and would otherwise be paying though the nose for cost-plus and sole-source contracts.

    Having a wholly commercial market where the government is only a minor customer and there are several competing providers would be ideal. But we aren’t going to get there all at once, and the commercial cargo/commercial crew method seems to be working generally in that direction.