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posted by martyb on Tuesday February 28 2017, @06:57AM   Printer-friendly
from the to-the-moon-and-back dept.

Two paying customers will travel to the "deep space" beyond the Moon. SpaceX will use the Falcon Heavy to deliver an automated Crew Dragon capsule carrying the unnamed customers next year. Falcon Heavy has not flown yet, and is expected to be tested this summer. NASA will use the Crew Dragon capsule to send astronauts to the International Space Station in 2018, after an unmanned test this year.

SpaceX will not reveal the identities of the participants until they complete health and fitness tests:

We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission. Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration. We expect to conduct health and fitness tests, as well as begin initial training later this year. Other flight teams have also expressed strong interest and we expect more to follow. Additional information will be released about the flight teams, contingent upon their approval and confirmation of the health and fitness test results.


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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 28 2017, @01:18PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 28 2017, @01:18PM (#472766)

    The Dutch news asked various space experts about how feasible this is... they said 2018, not likely, but 2019-2020 should be doable. They base this mostly on the training and production of space suits and discuss as well some ways to work around that, but they say that would make the trip more risky. Also, they say SpaceX has no experience yet with manned flights. They expect SpaceX to postpone the flight by a few years, based on past announcements.

    http://nos.nl/artikel/2160540-als-toerist-naar-de-maan-kan-dat-al-in-2018-en-is-dat-wel-veilig.html [nos.nl]

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