Elon Musk Just Made A Huge Mars Announcement

Expedition 52 Soyuz MS-04 Landing

Musk's company SpaceX is also working on human transportation from anywhere to anywhere on Earth in half anhour using rockets.

Musk made the announcement during a conference in Australia Friday morning.

As to when Musk plans to send the first spacecraft to Mars - 2022. "It's 2017 - we should have a lunar base by now", Musk said.

The billionaire said passengers could travel from NY to Shanghai in 39 minutes.

The key, he said, was to "cannibalise" all of SpaceX's other products.

Getting anywhere on the planet in under an hour - one of the more intriguing possibilities that Elon Musk, the billionaire innovator, raised as he unveiled plans for a new rocket. Also like last year's ITS, Musk said BFR's landing would be precise enough to land back on the launch mount.

Construction of the battery was announced in July, in response to an expression of interest process run by the South Australian Government.

His Falcon 9 rocket is partially reusable; the BFR would be totally reusable. It measures 400 feet high, has a 40-foot diameter and features 42 rocket engines in its first stage. Additionally, the return trip to Earth would only net about 20 to 50 tons of payload. Many with ties to the industry believe the Mars missions will be financed with funds from Earth-orbit missions.

It's Dragon spacecraft, which has been used to deliver science payloads to NASA, is nearly fully automated and can soon get rid of the arm it uses in its final attachment to the International Space Station.

Musk's proposal for getting a million people to Mars as quickly as possible was, Zubrin said, "like a D-Day landing".

NASA and its international partners completed assembly of the International Space Station in the fall of 2011. NASA
NASA and its international partners completed assembly of the International Space Station in the fall of 2011. NASA

Elon Musk aims to revolutionise travel on Earth by using rockets to travel between countries.

By 2024, he said the company could fly four more ships to Mars, two with human passengers and two more cargo-only ships.

"That's not a typo, although it is aspirational", he said when he showed a chart with the 2022 date.

One member of the public complained to the registration desk that it would cost more than $1000 to see Musk, which, he said, "seemed a little unfair".

Work on the first ship will begin by the second quarter of 2018. "I feel fairly confident that we should be able to complete the ship and have our first launch in about 5 years".

Don't plan your summer vacation next year around the rocket, though.

Colonizing Mars and the Moon will require a major jump in the number of global launches, which is now about 60 per year.

Musk appears to be taking a page out of the Tesla playbook when it comes to funding BFR.

"Cost per seat should be about the same as full fare economy in an aircraft". "Forgot to mention that".

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