‘’By talking about the SpaceX Mars architecture, I want to make Mars seem possible—make it seem as though it is something that we can do in our lifetime. There really is a way that anyone could go if they wanted to,’’ he said while presenting his plan.
During the International Astronautical Congress held in Guadalajara, Mexico, last September, SpaceX’s CEO Elon Musk talked about his ambitious plans to colonize Mars, and contribute to making humans a multi-planetary species. Musk envisions giant spaceships where each one would carry 100 passengers.
In his 95-minute talk, Musk gave reasons on why Mars is humankind’s best option. A summary of the presentation has been newly published on the New Space website.
Musk tweeted ‘’Colonizing Mars (thanks Prof Hubbard for creating this from my talk). Major changes to the plan coming soon.’’ ‘’So soon you won’t believe it.’’ As he responded to a follower.
Colonizing Mars (thanks Prof Hubbard for creating this from my talk). Major changes to the plan coming soon. https://t.co/s59qMHUj5O
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 17, 2017
He later tweeted ‘’Mars V2 plan coming soon, which I think addresses the most fundamental flaw in V1: how to pay for development & operation of giant rockets.’’ And the crowds cannot wait for this one.
Mars V2 plan coming soon, which I think addresses the most fundamental flaw in V1: how to pay for development & operation of giant rockets https://t.co/yaITdVdpEc
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 16, 2017
According to Kathryn Ryan, ‘’In the paper, Mr. Musk explores the planetary options for expanding to a space-bearing civilization and describes the advantages Mars offers. He provides a comprehensive review of a system architecture required for a rocket and spaceship capable of transporting people and supplies to Mars, comparing possible vehicle designs and performance features. A major challenge facing engineers and scientists at present and discussed in the article is the need to improve the cost per ton of transporting materials to Mars by 5 million percent.’’
Musk doesn’t want to put a specific date, the process is complex, he explains: “We are going to try to make as much progress as we can on a very constrained budget, on the elements of the interplanetary transport booster and spaceship….Hopefully, we will be able to complete the first development spaceship in maybe about 4 years, and we will start doing suborbital flights with that.”
SpaceX CEO has previously mentioned three methods to cover the developmental and operational costs of sending people to Mars. firstly, relying on the revenue of SpaceX’s satellite constellation network. Secondly, passengers who wish to go to Mars will pay a six-digit figure that ranges from $200,000 or less. Last but not least, government and private sector funding.