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SpaceX says it will send someone around the Moon on its future monster rocket

The Verge logo The Verge 14/09/2018 Loren Grush
a view of the earth from space © Photo: SpaceX

SpaceX has reportedly signed its first customer to fly on the company’s huge new rocket, the BFR. The passenger will fly on the monster ship around the Moon, though there are no details yet regarding when the trip will happen. SpaceX says it will announce who is flying — and why — on Monday, September 17th.

The BFR, or the Big Falcon Rocket, is the giant rocket that SpaceX is currently developing to send humans to the Moon and Mars. According to a presentation by CEO Elon Musk last year, the BFR design consists of a combined rocket and spaceship, or the BFS for Big Falcon Ship. The main rocket will supposedly have 31 main Raptor engines and be capable of sending up 150 tons to low Earth orbit.

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