Elon Musk says that SpaceX will build 100 Starships per year to put ONE MILLION people on Mars by 2050
SpaceX founder Elon Musk wants to put a million people on Mars by 2050 – basically setting up a human colony the size of San Jose on the large dusty space rock.
The billionaire entrepreneur has shortened the timetable of what was already an ambitious goal of putting a million on Mars by the end of the century
This despite the fact that his company had not even finished building the first of a spacecraft that was needed to take us there.
The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX outlined the figures in a flash of tweets, as part of his vision to make people a multi-planetary species before we die on earth.
Musk said that his spaceship spaceship, currently under development, will fly an average of three flights a day, representing more than 1,000 flights a year.
Each ship will carry more than 100 tons of cargo per flight, he said.
“Building 100 Starships per year comes to 1,000 in 10 years,” Mr Musk wrote on Twitter. Pictured, the Starship MK1 can be seen here at a SpaceX facility in Boca Chica, Texas
“The aim of the Starship design is 3 average flights per day, so ~ 1000 flights / year with> 100 tonnes / flight, so every 10 ships deliver 1 megaton [million tons] a year, “tweeted Musk last night.
He also said he wants to build 100 Starships per year, which means 1,000 in service over the next decade.
Because the distance between Earth and Mars varies depending on their orbits, SpaceX plans to send a spacecraft full of people to Mars when the two planets are closest to them.
During this launch window – about once every 26 months – Musk wants to send around 100,000 people to the red planet.
“Building 100 spaceships a year reaches 1,000 in 10 years or 100 megatons / year or maybe around 100,000 people per Earth-Mars orbital synchronization,” he added.
“So a million people in 2050?” A Twitter user replied, followed by Musk’s simple response: “Yes.”
“That’s the goal”: SpaceX CEO has been ridiculed for what many see as over-optimistic plans to get people to Mars
“That presupposes that fuel production on Mars can support the return flights,” another user said.
“Yes,” Musk replied, “a lot of work is needed to produce propellant gas on Mars.”
Musk also tweeted that “there will be many orbits on Mars” and said the life span of each spaceship will be around 20 to 30 years, “like an airplane.”
Elon Musk stated that the 100-passenger spacecraft will use only $ 900,000 in propellant to take off, compared to the $ 1.3 million spent by the US space agency on rocket fuel. “If you consider operating costs, it might be $ 2 million,” he said
Musk believes that every Starship mission can start for $ 2 million, with an individual ticket “one day costs less than $ 500,000” and “maybe even less than $ 100,000,” he revealed earlier.
This would be so low that “most people in advanced economies could sell their homes on earth and move to Mars if they wish,” Musk tweeted last year.
However, SpaceX will also develop a system that allows anyone who wants to go to Mars, with loans available for those who have no money.
SpaceX is planning to send people to Mars using a two-stage spaceship consisting of the spaceship, the passenger area and the Super Heavy rocket booster.
The ship’s first design prototype is currently under construction at the SpaceX development location in Texas.
Musk hopes that the company’s starship could help humans reach Mars for the first time and has set an optimistic timeline for when the experimental vessel could do this.
SpaceX plans to send two unmanned cargo ships to Mars in 2022 to set up supporting infrastructure and water mining systems.
The first manned red planet mission for the rocket and Starship with 100 passengers could follow as early as 2024 if development and testing went well, Musk said.
Last year the public received an overview of three shiny space ships from SpaceX
The initial SpaceX settlement on Mars would start with just 12 people, but would expand to a million within another 25 years thanks to a rapid burst of commercial flights.
Transporting people to Mars is all part of the $ 23.6 billion CEO belief that space travel is the only way to save humanity from extinction.
Musk also believes that the Starship rocket, once built, could be used for traveling on Earth – saying that passengers could get anywhere within an hour.
Its entertaining research paper published in New Space, entitled “Making Humans a Multi-Planetary Species,” outlines the company’s vision.
NASA spends around $ 450 million per mission to launch a space shuttle, but the SpaceX CEO said his Starship rocket can do it for a fraction of the cost
WHAT IS ELON MUSK’S ‘BFR’?
The BFR (Big F *** ing Rocket), now known as Starship, will complete all missions and is smaller than the one that Musk announced in 2016.
The CEO of SpaceX said the rocket would make its first trip to the red planet in 2022 and only transport cargo, followed by a manned mission in 2024, claiming that other SpaceX products would be ‘cannibalized’ to pay for it.
The rocket would be partially reusable and could fly directly from Earth to Mars.
Once built, Musk believes the rocket could be used for traveling on Earth – saying that passengers could get anywhere within an hour.