SpaceX to Send Privately Crewed Dragon Spacecraft Beyond the Moon Next Year
By SpaceX Team
February 28, 2017
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.
Most importantly, we would like to thank NASA, without whom this would
not be possible. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which provided most of
the funding for Dragon 2 development, is a key enabler for this mission.
In addition, this will make use of the Falcon Heavy rocket, which was
developed with internal SpaceX funding. Falcon Heavy is due to launch
its first test flight this summer and, once successful, will be the most
powerful vehicle to reach orbit after the Saturn V moon rocket. At 5
million pounds of liftoff thrust, Falcon Heavy is two-thirds the thrust
of Saturn V and more than double the thrust of the next largest launch
vehicle currently flying.