The Space-X entrepreneur intends to send two paying customers in the Falcon Heavy rocket around the moon by next year. Musk is easily “the world’s most remarkable living entrepreneur.” Others know him as “the real life Iron Man,” and not for no reason—Jon Favreau actually sent Robert Downey, Jr. to spend time with Musk in the SpaceX factory before filming the first Iron Man movie so he could model his character accordingly.
Two people have paid Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket firm an undisclosed amount to shoot them around the moon on a Falcon Heavy space rocket flight late in 2018.
The proposal to circle two unidentified customers around the moon follows past audacious moves by Musk, ranging from now standard landings of rocket stages to sending an unmanned “Red Dragon” crew vehicle to Mars.The trip would send the two people aboard a Dragon space capsule around the moon for a week. The capsule was developed with NASA to send astronauts to the International Space Station. The news comes as NASA contemplates a separate “EM-1” crewed moon trip for its SLS rocket in 2018.
“They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission,” according to a SpaceX statement. The Federal Aviation Administration added new rules allowing for US space tourism in 2016.
“By also flying privately crewed missions, which NASA has encouraged, long-term costs to the government decline and more flight reliability history is gained, benefiting both government and private missions,” SpaceX said.
SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.