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SpaceX to fly people around the Moon in 2018

Written by James Delahunty @ 27 Feb 2017 5:23 User comments (4)

SpaceX to fly people around the Moon in 2018

SpaceX is planning to fly private citizens beyond the Moon next year, according to chief executive Elon Musk.
According to the rocket firm, two private citizens have already paid a significant deposit for a trip that would see them fly out to the orbit of the Moon and return. Initial training and health probes will be begin later this year.

The private citizens will ride atop a Falcon Heavy rocket, which is set for a demonstration flight in 2017. Dragon v2 (or Crew Dragon), which is SpaceX' human-rated capsule, will hold the passengers for the journey.

SpaceX will demonstrate the Crew Dragon later this year, and then intends to fly American astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) on contract from NASA. The firm is currently contracted to perform an average of four Dragon 2 missions to the ISS per year, three carrying cargo and one carrying crew.

"Once operational Crew Dragon missions are underway for NASA, SpaceX will launch the private mission on a journey to circumnavigate the moon and return to Earth," SpaceX announced.



"Lift-off will be from Kennedy Space Center's historic Pad 39A near Cape Canaveral the same launch pad used by the Apollo program for its lunar missions. This presents an opportunity for humans to return to deep space for the first time in 45 years and they will travel faster and further into the Solar System than any before them."

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4 user comments

128.2.2017 09:59

I can't imagine how expensive this funeral is, but damned if it's not the best way to die!

228.2.2017 12:10

I'm glad to see this propelling forward but Elon is an over-ambitious goof.

This will probably not happen anywhere near the time estimated and frankly, that's a lot of cash to spend at the very likely, end of your life trip cause it's a high probability that something will go terribly wrong........but hey.........enough money can even buy you premature death.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 28 Feb 2017 @ 12:10

33.3.2017 19:17
JAYMES71
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They're not going anywhere. Earth is flat. Mock me if you want. I do not care. You Tube: Eric Dubay or ODD TV. Boo ya.

43.3.2017 21:23

Originally posted by JAYMES71:
They're not going anywhere. Earth is flat. Mock me if you want. I do not care. You Tube: Eric Dubay or ODD TV. Boo ya.
Rubbish! The Earth is banana shaped!

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