SpaceX builds its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) to go to the moon. And now the company has announced that it has signed its first private passenger jumping aboard the rocket. With its official Twitter handle, SpaceX announced that the world's first private passenger was flown around the moon aboard the BFR launcher. The secret of who flies and why will be decrypted on September 17, 2018.
The BFR is being built to send people to the moon and Mars. It prides itself on a design called Big Falcon Spaceship, or BFS, which is a combination of rocket and spaceship, Mashable reported. Both BFR and BFS are reusable and can be used to launch satellites. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk even suggested using the idea for a point-to-point journey on Earth.
US astronaut Sunita Williams is one of nine astronauts named by NASA on Friday for her first manned space program since the withdrawal of the Space Shuttle in 2011. After years of vehicle development and anticipation of spaceflight, NASA has now sent the crew into a crewed spaceship.
The space agency announced that the nine astronauts will be launching the first manned test flights and missions of new commercial spacecraft built and operated by the Boeing Company and SpaceX.
The eight active NASA astronauts and a former crew member of the astronauts will be launching from 2019 with Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Dragoncapsules to the International Space Station.
The missions will mark the first manned launches of US ground since the end of the Space Shuttle program seven years ago. In addition to the test flight teams, NASA today announced the arrival of four astronauts who will fly to the space station on board the first operational Starliner and Dragon missions. Both vehicles were developed in collaboration with NASA to bring crew members to and from the orbiting laboratory.
Josh Cassada, 45, will fly with Sunita ("Suni") Williams, 52, on board NASA's first Starliner mission. It will be Cassada's first spaceflight. Williams had previously spent 321 days in orbit on two stops aboard the space station, most recently in 2012 on Earth.
The commercial crew members performed at an event hosted by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine at the Houston agency's Johnson Space Center.
NASA astronauts Robert Behnken (48) and Douglas Hurley (51) fly together as SpaceX's first Dragon crew. Kennedy Space Center Pad 39A Veterans of Two Space Flights, Behnken and Hurley will take off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center Pad 39A on the same Florida launch pad where the Space Shuttle left the Earth for the last time with Hurley in July 2011.
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