SpaceX promises a Moon vacation in 2018

SpaceX promises a Moon vacation in 2018


SpaceX is known for having some pretty ambitious
goals. It is working on starting that whole human
colony on Mars, after all. But now the company has added another ridiculous
goal to its list. It’s going to try to send two people around
the Moon at the end of 2018. These astronauts won’t be employed by NASA,
though. They’re paying customers who approached
SpaceX to do the trip. We don’t know who they are just yet, but
they’ve put down a sizable deposit for the mission. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says the trip should
take about a week to pull off. The two customers will launch on top of the
Falcon Heavy; that’s the souped-up version of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket that’s supposed
to fly for the first time this summer. And the passengers will ride inside the Crew
Dragon capsule, an upgraded version of the Dragon cargo capsule. SpaceX has already been developing the Crew
Dragon to carry astronauts to and from the station for NASA as part of the Commercial
Crew Program. Apparently the vehicle can do just fine carrying
people near the Moon too. The plan is for the Crew Dragon to loop around
the Moon, go a bit out into deep space, and then come back to Earth. All in all, a trip that spans between 300,000
and 400,000 miles. The vehicle will mostly be automated, but
if there is an emergency the passengers may have to step in. To get back, the Crew Dragon will reenter
Earth’s atmosphere and land the passengers, hopefully gently. It’s a unique mission for SpaceX, because
it’ll officially put it in the space tourism business. So far, the company has launched satellites
for commercial companies and cargo for NASA. And SpaceX will be launching people soon too,
but those riders will be NASA astronauts. If it pulls this off, it’ll be the first
time private citizens have traveled this far out into space. While this is new territory for SpaceX, the
Moon mission sounds an awful lot like another upcoming space mission — one that NASA wants
to do. Right now, NASA is building a brand-new rocket
called the Space Launch System, or S-L-S and a crew capsule called Orion. Together, the pair is meant to carry astronauts
into deep space and onto Mars someday. The S-L-S hasn’t flown yet, but the plan
is for the rocket to fly for the first time — without a crew — in late 2018. But recently, NASA said it was going to look
into maybe putting people on the first flight of the SLS, possibly for a mission in late
2019. That trip will take a two-person crew, riding
inside the Orion crew capsule, on an eight or nine-day mission around the Moon and back. Hmm, that sounds familiar? So with this Moon mission announcement, SpaceX
seems to have created a bit of a space race between the public and private sector. The company is sending the message that it
can do what NASA plans to do, only faster. It seems like a political move for SpaceX,
too, since the new administration may be more interested in using the private space industry. SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy looks to be significantly
cheaper than the SLS, so officials may be interested in using the more cost-efficient
option to explore space instead of what NASA is building. But there are a few big caveats to consider. First of all, NASA’s vehicles have a lot
of support in Congress, so they probably won’t be replaced by SpaceX anytime soon. Plus, SpaceX is terrible about meeting deadlines. The Falcon Heavy was originally supposed to
debut in 2013 or 2014, but its flight has been repeatedly pushed back to this year. There are also some questions of safety. Within the past two years, two of SpaceX’s
Falcon 9 rockets have exploded. Elon argues that the Falcon 9’s success
rate is still quite high, but that there will definitely be risk involved with the Moon
mission. He says the customers are “entering this
with their eyes open.” Good cause it’s gonna be one hell of a view. If the trip is successful, Elon sees these
private Moon vacations as being a big source of revenue for SpaceX. He thinks there’s a market for at least
one or two trips a year, and the missions account for 10 to 20 percent of SpaceX’s
revenue. As for how much each mission will cost, he
estimates a little more than the cost of taking people to International Space Station. Right now, NASA pays between $70 and $80 million
to send just one astronaut to the station on a Russian Soyuz rocket. So if we’re operating in that ballpark,
I uhhh guess I’ll start saving now. So Elon clarified that these people aren’t
from Hollywood. Ah, But Elon announced this moon vacation,
while I was on vacation. So I think it is only fair that I become one
of the people to go… for free.

100 thoughts on “SpaceX promises a Moon vacation in 2018

  1. For more details check Loren's report: http://www.theverge.com/2017/2/28/14756488/spacex-vs-nasa-new-space-race-moon-travel-tourism

  2. Those two clown-customers are going to be as imaginary as the toys they show in their computer animations, when they promote the space hoaxes to the heard of gullible tax-payers.

  3. I'd love to pool enough money together to get one passenger to take a few pics of the far side of the moon. Of coarse while the sun is shining onto the so called dark side of the moon. We know there is ET bases on the dark side of the moon. All in all it's not really important because the real future is in conciousness. A top notch remote viewer can visit the dark side of the moon and interact with ETs. Extra terestrials are all about conciousness. They are 100% telepathic most of them. The real future of physics and understanding reality is all in the concious mind.

  4. …its 2018 now isn't it?
    ..Elon Musk has a track record of exaggeration…..and just plain bullshitting.

  5. You folks buying tickets to go to the moon are fools. We never made it to the moon in the 60's and you think you'll be going ?. Please wake up, get your heads out of the sand. SpaceX is lying just like NASA has done for the past 6 decades. SPace flight is NOT possible..

  6. NASA yeah right u know they full of bs they won't even tell us the truth yet alone they gonna send regular humans to go around the moon lol

  7. Does the Vacation come with special "Tanning Lotions" that will shield people from the Van Allen Belts (* Now a third belt has been discovered by MIT)

  8. These super rich humans are super dangerous.They just want to be someone great at any cost ,even at the cost of humanity and this planet we call home(the only home until God gives us another one) is some toy to them which they play with until they get bored and destroy it.Their minds are not to be trusted.

  9. I do not understand why earth spacecraft still look like the rockets And nothing like the flying disc's etc. that the ET's
    scoot around in

  10. this mission has been canceled. the dragon-2 capsule has not even test flown on an LEO flight. human tests are set for 2019.

  11. Lol this feeling: Pay myself to bankrupcty, travel and land on the moon, realize that it really is just a freaking ball full of gravel and dust!

  12. its not going to be an 'around the moon' trip. The nasa astronauts would get their orders not to go around the back side and find an excuse…cause of the bases ofc

  13. right!!!so we get to watch his rockets burn, in the vacuum of: space:? while traveling to the moon and back to earth!! PLEASE! think about that for a minute! rockets) in a vacuum! how do you defend that!?. thanks for listening, have a great day

  14. It will never happen. Consider the radiation levels for passengers. It would take a massive amount of shielding to combat radiation levels from the sun. Do the research and you will come to the same conclusion. It wouldn’t be economical or even feasible to tug that much shielding or water needed to cool the craft and human passengers on board. Think about it. They’d fry. That’s how I know Apollo moon missions never happened. This is a red herring. If they can somehow pull it off – it would be the first!

  15. Hi I’m writing this in November 2018 and I have not heard anything about a Space X flight to the moon. Does anyone know if it got canceled?

  16. Yet another moon mission that not happened, before trying to reach the moon it would be smart for people to figure out and execute a manned mission out of LEO.
    We don't need an additional " giant cheat for mankind"

  17. 2019 and now we have the answer to the vacation on the moon.
    Maybe it’s to expensive or it’s not possible yet for space X

  18. 2018 has been and gone. It is now March 2019. It is still OK for SpaceX to boast about a Moon visit, but if it is glorified space tourism then it is not a long-term business proposition. But if they do do it, yes I'll be amazed and proud of all those involved.

  19. I heard that Musk is going to fly tourists to vacation on the Sun next month. Of course it will be at night or it'll get too hot.

  20. NOW WHY WOULD NASA ANOUNCEMENT RECENTLY TELL THE WORLD THAT THEY COULD NOT RETURN ASTRONAUTS BACK SAFELY TO EARTHS SURFACE ONCE THEY HAVE LEFT EARTH'S LOW ORBIT… WITH THE ANOUNCEMENT THAT THEY ARE PLANNING TO COLONIZE MARS…AND THE MOON. THE MISSION WOULD BE ONE WAY ONLY AS NASA SAID. BACKING UP 50 YEARS…THE APOLLO MISSIONS WERE ONLY IN THE LOW EARTHS ORBIT…. NASA CREATED SIX SIMULATION MOVIE SETS CALLED "THE MOON" ONE OF THESE FILMING SETS WAS LOCATED IN HAWAII NEAR THE BASE OF SEVERAL VOLCANOES AND THE VOLCANIC ASH SOIL CONDITION WAS PERFECT… CHECK IT OUT… THE MOUNTAINS OR VOLCANOES IN HAWAII ARE THE IDENTICAL HILLS OF THE APOLLO FILMING MISSIONS IN THE BACKDROP…IDENTICAL…..

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