If you want to go to Mars, time is everything, and Elon Musk no longer thinks that SpaceX will reach the red planet when the next window of opportunity opens in 2022.
The world’s most famous fan of leaving this world was, which a few years later was a trip with the crew. During an interview at the virtual congress of the Martian Society on Friday, Musk said that he now believes that his next-generation spacecraft “Star Ship” can be ready only in 2023, just before the launch of the window in 2024.
The orbits of Earth and Mars around the Sun bring the two planets together about every two years. That̵7;s why we saw , including NASA’s Perseverance rover, launched during each other’s weeks in July.
“I think we have a chance to fight,” Musk said, making a transport window on Mars in 2024.
However, to get there, Musk notes that his team will have to pick up the pace of innovation, and he is not afraid to break a few things along the way.
“We will probably lose a few ships,” he said when asked about the process of developing the “Spacecraft”, which is designed to eventually bring dozens of people to Mars.
So far, early Starship prototypes have made short “jumps” at low altitudes from the SpaceX test center in Texas. Musk hopes that the early models will enter orbit for the first time next year. He added that the company can demonstrate the possibility of refueling in orbit in 2022 and shortly thereafter to travel to the moon.
The company’s founder and chief engineer warned that he had no secret dates to reach these stages.
“It’s just speculation,” Musk said over the zoom to Mars President Robert Zubrin.
As for who will be able to go to Mars, Musk said that once there are a million people who both want to go to the Red Planet and can afford it, that should be enough to support the city. So, in other words, it seems that the first Martians are likely to be wealthy Earthlings.
Once on Mars, Musk said that the first step in doing business would be to build an energy plant. He also mentioned the idea of sending robotic droids to the surface, which humans could remotely control from Earth.
Naturally, Musk is also developing more than Mars. He mentioned the idea of using a spaceship or other craft to visit, large asteroids, satellites of Jupiter and even the Kuiper belt and the farthest regions of the solar system.
“First we need to make the leap to another planet,” he said.