Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Elon Musk gives update on Mars colonization plan at Australian conference

Moon sets The moon sets in Charrat Switzerland on Monday
Clarence Schmidt | 30 September, 2017, 01:32

All said, Musk has set himself a five-year deadline to build a new generation of rockets, ensure their successful flight and landing capabilities, and launch the first multiple-ton spacecraft to Mars to establish a base on the Martian surface.

Musk - who is also the man behind Tesla electric cars - told the conference he plans to make fuel on Mars so he can land rockets there and fly them back to Earth.

"But all of our resources will then turn to building BFR". A base on the moon, and regular travel by rocket, anywhere in the world, in less than an hour. That means the BFR ("Big F***ing Rocket"), rather than the current Falcon 9 or its Falcon Heavy successor, would be taking satellites into orbit and resupplying the International Space Station.

In the example shown in the video, passengers in NY would hop aboard a ferry that would take them to the launch pad further out into the Atlantic Ocean. He displayed the design of a ship created to accommodate about 100 people in 40 cabins and, to add comfort, will feature large common areas and an entertainment system.

If Shanghai isn't for you, the video demo says London to Dubai or New York City in 29 minutes, Los Angeles to Toronto in 24 minutes, or Hong Kong to Singapore in 22 minutes are all options as well.

The week-long annual International Astronautical Congress, which concluded Friday, has seen government space agencies and private firms outline their plans to send humans to the Moon and Mars in the next few decades.

Musk's hope is to land at least two cargo ships on Mars by then so they can suss out exactly what's going on there.

SpaceX will start building the BFR within six to nine months.

Founded by Musk in 2002, SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches spacecraft and advanced rockets toward the ultimate goal of enabling human life on other planets.

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

At the speech a year ago, Musk unveiled a behemoth of a rocket that was so ambitious and mind-bogglingly large that critics said it was detached from reality.

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