Elon Musk has shared plans for a human vision to mars which plans to send humans to the red planet by 2024.
Elon Musk and SpaceX have plans to build a “self-sustaining city” on Mars, and he’s recently released details about his plan to make this happen. During the International Astronautical Congress meeting in Guadalajara, Mexico Musk dropped a bomb:
“I don’t have an immediate doomsday prophecy,” noted Musk, although he did see two possible outcomes. “One path is to stay on Earth forever, and there will be some extinction event. The alternative is to become a multi-planetary species, which I hope you will agree is the right way to go.”
Becoming a “multi-planetary species” requires a plan, a plan backed on the wings of SpaceX’s new Interplanetary Transport System, which is ship capable of transporting 100 tons of cargo to Mars. Requiring 28,730,000 pounds of thrust just to lift off, the ITS’s solar array will generate 200KW of power on it’s mission to mars.
The ITS was formerly known as the Mars Colonial Transporter, but Musk recently changed the name believing the ship is capable of travelling to multiple planets.
Below you can see a view of Mars from the ITS:
The SpaceX team published a video which you can see above, in this video the team shows what a future on Mars may look like, cautiously; “This is not what it might look like — this is what we plan to make it look like,” says Musk.
Traditionally this mission would be incredibly expensive (estimated at upwards of $10 billion per person to travel to Mars) with Musk’s revolutionary ideas, he would love to drop this figure to roughly $200,000 per person and eventually push this number below $100,000.
The Mars mission would launch from the Kennedy Space Center near the beginning of 2018. Musk has revealed a timeline for the mission that details ship, booster, and orbital testing beginning in 2018, with Mars flights beginning 2022.
Below you can see comparisons for Musk’s Mars Vehicle and previous shuttles:
During the conference the SpaceX billionaire joked “Who wants to be among the first to build everything, from refineries to the first pizza joint?” and although it’s a light-hearted gesture, it’s actually one heck of an opportunity. We’re entering a new age in the space race, a commercial age of expanding goals and ever efficient costs – it’s a wicked exciting time to be alive.
While Musks plans still leave a little to the imagination, such as it’s exact plans for paying for this mission, “a huge public-private partnership” is to be expected that will sustain the Mars 2022 dream. The plan is fully expected to take 40 to 100 years to achieve a “fully self-sustaining” status, so stay tuned for more on Musk and the ITS.
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