By Alex Bellury, Senior writer
Monday, March 12, 2018
(NEW FRONTIER NEWS) – Elon Musk, the owner of SpaceX, says he plans to go through with the first step of SpaceX’s mission to Mars as early as next year.
On Sunday, during a SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, Emon projecting that they will have test flights sometime next year.
“We are building the first Mars or interplanetary ship, and I think well be able to do short trips, short up and down flights, by first half of next year,” he said.
Upon announcing his plan for Mars last year, Musk explained his vision of sending cargo and the first colony to Mars by 2022.Though Musk plans to send humans of Earth to Mars, he knows life on Mars will be difficult.
“For the early people that go to Mars, it will be far more dangerous. It kind of reads like Shackleton’s ad for Antarctic explorers: Difficult, dangerous, good chance you’ll die. Excitement for those who survive,” Musk said.
Musk plans on leading the expedition with the BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) which is currently being developed. The BFR will be reusable and will be cheaper than the original Falcon 1, which cost around $5 million to launch. The BFR only be a test flight just to preview the actual flight though.
Musk wants to make sure there’s plenty of infrastructures before colonizers come to Mars. He plans to have “iron foundries to pizza joints to nightclubs.” Musk said the future of mankind could depend on space colonization.
“There’s likely to be another dark age. . . particularly if there’s a third world war,” and he wants to make sure “there’s enough of a seed of human civilization to bring human civilization back.”
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