the aerospace manufacturer founded by billionaire Elon Musk, is
reportedly postponing plans to fly space tourists around the moon.
new timetable for the flight—now postponed until at least mid-2019 and
likely longer—hasn’t been released by Space Exploration Technologies
Corp., the formal name of the closely held company. The delay comes amid
SpaceX’s own projections of a nearly 40% drop in launches next year from
as many as 28 anticipated for all of 2018,” reports the Wall
Mueller, SpaceX’s Chief Propulsion Technology Officer blames the
sharp decrease in launches on a lack of industry-wide product knowledge.
don’t think it’s serious enough yet to figure out how to use it.”
Gleeson, a spokesperson for the space transportation services
company, confirmed the delay to reporters and assured a launch will take
place in the future.
is still planning to fly private individuals around the moon and there
is growing interest from many customers,” Gleeson wrote.
delay comes amid the return of
three members of International Space Station Expedition 55 on Sunday
morning following a 168-day mission, which received two SpaceX Dragon
cargo spacecraft shipments.