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Musk’s SpaceX Will Send Two Private Citizens on a Trip Around the Moon in 2018

Following is the text of today’s SpaceX press release

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.

Later this year, as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, we will launch our Crew Dragon (Dragon Version 2) spacecraft to the International Space Station. This first demonstration mission will be in automatic mode, without people on board. A subsequent mission with crew is expected to fly in the second quarter of 2018. SpaceX is currently contracted to perform an average of four Dragon 2 missions to the ISS per year, three carrying cargo and one carrying crew. By also flying privately crewed missions, which NASA has encouraged, long-term costs to the government decline and more flight reliability history is gained, benefiting both government and private missions.

Once operational Crew Dragon missions are underway for NASA, SpaceX will launch the private mission on a journey to circumnavigate the moon and return to Earth. Lift-off will be from Kennedy Space Center’s historic Pad 39A near Cape Canaveral — the same launch pad used by the Apollo program for its lunar missions. This presents an opportunity for humans to return to deep space for the first time in 45 years and they will travel faster and further into the Solar System than any before them.

Designed from the beginning to carry humans, the Dragon spacecraft already has a long flight heritage. These missions will build upon that heritage, extending it to deep space mission operations, an important milestone as we work towards our ultimate goal of transporting humans to Mars

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Source: SpaceX

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James Clayton
James Clayton

When I was in high school, I worked for a year at the RESTAURANT 823, on 15th Street in northwest Washington, D.C. We had Löwenbräu draft on-tap. Wernher von Braun came in several times and I traded with another to serve him. He was quiet and I don’t believe anyone recognized him. His autograph is on a Löwenbräu coaster somewhere in my effects. Many here are likely too young to remember his Man in Space series, produced by Walt Disney, on television; all episodes should still be available on YouTube. https://history.msfc.nasa.gov/vonbraun/bio.html

James Clayton
James Clayton

Relatively even-handed for WIKIPEDIA https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wernher_von_Braun

James Clayton
James Clayton

Disney’s Man in Space (1955) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omWRxonewL4Disney Educational

Animation Mars and Beyond (1957) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0sbqqYo97s

Wernher von Braun tells the story of Apollo 11: “Footprints on the Moon” RARE DOCUMENTARY (1969) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3KbhgDLiSU

Axis Sally
Axis Sally

Whoops! Here 2019 is more than half gone and the two private citizens are still patiently waiting to go on their little jaunt around the moon. Heh heh. I hope for their sake the Muskovite hasn’t blown their “significant deposits” on another of his cons du jour. I’m afraid he probably has, though. “Funding secured,” oh dear! I cannot fathom how or why National Vanguardians are sucked-in by Musk’s buncome. He is not a scientist nor an engineer, but a programmer of all things; no friend of Aryans, but a darling of the neo-Bolsheviks. Obama bankrolled his Tesla electric automobile scam to the tune of some four billion dollars, bilked of hapless US taxpayers. National Vanguard should stop ballyhooing this guy, and the Alliance distance itself as far as possible… Read more »

Isa Ross
Isa Ross

You are right. They cannot send anyone (who is not a freemason) to space because “Space” is a fiction. No one can land the moon or mars. No one can get out this planet, at least, not being alive…. Axis Sally, thats not your opinion. IS THE TRUTH, and also I am right when I say: SPACE IS FAKE.. NASA is fake. Globe Earth doesn’t exist… etc… I see white nationalists tend to consider “space travelling” as a white achievement and, therefore, they regard this “space” bullshit with pride. But its all fake. The V2 Rocket never went beyond the stratosphere. I am not putting in doubt the intelligence of german scientists; I am just saying that the patent of the “Space Rockets” are just missile tech with scientific purposes,… Read more »

Axis Sally
Axis Sally

Please enlighten me: if space is fake and “globe earth” does not exist, where in hell are we, then?

Sethmoto101
Sethmoto101

Musk is CEO of SpaceX, https://www.spacex.com/webcast. The failure of the manned flight is explained as “Dragon 2… Flight testing was [re-]scheduled to complete in the first half of 2019 with the first flight of astronauts, on a mission contracted to NASA, scheduled to occur later the same year; however, a test pad anomaly in May 2019 [already 6 months late] , which resulted in the loss of a Dragon 2 capsule, has delayed this development”, per https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceX_Dragon . Manned flight testing is now rescheduled to Nov. ’19 at the earliest, per https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_2#Explosion_during_testing . It’s important to note that delays have been business-as-usual for the DoD, and NASA during the shuttle program as well.

Axis Sally
Axis Sally

I take it this means you believe Musk’s nonsense? Let’s see, Musk also stated in June, 2016, “We’re establishing cargo flights to Mars that people can count on… The Earth-Mars orbital rendezvous is only every 26 months, so there’ll be one in 2018; there will be another one in 2020. And I think if things go according to plan, we should be able to launch people probably in 2024 with the arrival in 2025.” Well, they’ve missed the 2018 deadline for the cargo flights, too. Care to wager on the others? Or do you believe, as Musk does, that “it’s more probable than not that we are living in a simulation than actual reality;” in which case it’s all moot anyway?

Lizzie Borden
Lizzie Borden

No offense, “Isa Ross”, but you sound like a moron.

Axis Sally
Axis Sally

Trolls are fun, no?