The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launches from Cape Canaveral (Florida)
SpaceX will not send tourists around the moon this year, as promised earlier. The company postponed the project until mid-2019. Officially, no one discloses the cause. But there is an option that technical and production problems violate the plans of Ilona Mask to explore the solar system.
SpaceX also faces industry doubts about the market demand for the Falcon Heavy rocket. Tourists will take the board of the Dragon capsule, which will be launched on the most powerful Falcon Heavy rocket, launched for the first time 4 months ago. Interestingly, two private citizens have already paid for the trip. The success of such a mission would show the possibility of human travel to deep space. The US has not sent astronauts to the moon since the end of the Apollo mission.
SpaceX also plans to send astronauts to the ISS. After completing the shuttle program in 2011, Americans are forced to use foreign launch services. In SpaceX they say that the first launch of an astronaut will take place no earlier than December 2018. But some believe that the date will shift to the 2019th.