Elon Musk said he could see a 4-year schedule for SpaceX’s first mission to Mars.
SpaceX founder and CEO Musk spoke at length on Friday during the International Convention on Mars via Zoom. Musk discussed the schedule his company is following for its first unspecified mission to Mars, saying the company is preparing to launch a mission in four years.
“I think we have a fighting chance to make this the second transfer window to Mars,” said Musk, who is due to launch in 2024.
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He said the development team would need new innovations to set that launch date, and that the company “is likely to lose several ships.”;
The company is trying to develop Starship, which is designed to transport dozens of people on long flights so that it is possible to colonize Mars. According to the SpaceX website, Starship will be “the most powerful launch vehicle in the world.”
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Until now, prototype cars have made “jumps” at low altitudes from the SpaceX test center in Texas, according to CNET.
The company may also be able to demonstrate the ability to refuel with orbital refueling by 2022, which will allow test flights to the moon.
“It’s just speculation,” Musk warned.
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In addition, SpaceX does not plan to develop bases on Mars, according to Space.com. The company is engaged only in transportation, its purpose is to transport cargo and crew to Mars – someone else will need to develop means of colonization.