Fly me to the moon - okay, says Elon Musk

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SpaceX is set to send a private passenger on a spaceflight around the moon soon, as it's now signed up its first customer for the trip.

SpaceX said it has signed the first private moon traveller, with some changes to its original game plan.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter that the trip would make use of a new version of the company's BFR launch vehicle.

The webcast is embedded below.

The BFR, or Big Falcon Rocket, is SpaceX's forthcoming spaceship system that consists of two parts: A massive rocket booster that promises to out-power any ever built, and a towering spacecraft that will vault out of the Earth's atmosphere.

The company tweeted that the mystery citizen's identity will be revealed on Monday at 9 p.m. ET.

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In February, SpaceX debuted the long-awaited Falcon Heavy, which became the world's most powerful operational launch vehicle, the report said.

This is not the first time the California-based company, headed by Internet entrepreneur and Tesla electric auto CEO Elon Musk, has touted plans to send tourists around the Moon.

No other details have yet emerged about the mission, when it will take place or how much the yet unidentified passenger has paid for the privilege. Next July will mark the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing by Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

In December 2017, US President Donald Trump also issued a directive to "lead an innovative space exploration programme to send American astronauts back to the moon, and eventually Mars".

"We've been approached to do a crewed mission beyond the moon from some private individuals", he said at the time.

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