SpaceX has announced that they have been approached by two private individuals for a moon mission late next year.
In a press release, the company stated that the two as yet unnamed individuals have already paid a significant deposit towards the mission.
“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.”
The company says it will be conducting health and fitness tests on the intended occupants of the Dragon 2 capsule, after which a training program will begin to prepare them for the trip.
The development of the Dragon 2 crew capsule was funded primarily by NASA, and SpaceX is currently under contract to perform an unmanned test flight to the International Space Station (ISS), after which it intends to fly an average of 4 missions to the ISS per year, with three intended as cargo flights, and one as crewed.
Details of the moon mission are limited at this early stage. Stay tuned to Aerospace Journal for more.