SpaceX will likely land humans on Mars by 2026, says Elon Musk
The tech billionaire Elon Musk wants humanity to land on Mars within the next 5 to 10 years.
He has been chasing this dream for about a couple of decades. Now, it’s also a dream of the rest of humanity.
And it seems like Musk’s aerospace company will make it possible in near future.
Musk is highly confident that his aerospace firm SpaceX will land humans on Mars by 2026. “If we get lucky, maybe four years. We want to send an uncrewed vehicle there in two years.”
Musk said in an award show webcast from Berlin.
In an episode of the Lex Fridman podcast, Fridman asked Elon Musk when he thinks that SpaceX will land humans on Mars.
After some seconds, Musk replied: “Best case is about five years, worst case 10 years.”
The episode was released on Tuesday, 28th December 2021.
Musk told Fridman that some factors need to be considered.
He said “Engineering the vehicle. Starship is the most complex and advanced rocket that’s ever been made.”
“The fundamental optimization of Starship is minimizing the cost per ton to orbit and ultimately cost per ton to the surface of Mars,” Musk added.
But Musk’s confidence indicates that SpaceX’s Starship manufacturing is in progress and it’ll be ready in the next 5 years to take human beings to the Red Planet.
Recently in an interview with Time Magazine, the tech-billionaire said “I’ll be surprised if we’re not landing on Mars within five years.”
If everything goes well, a second planet will wave at humanity within 5 years.
Musk’s ultimate plan is to build 1,000 Starship rockets and launch three of them a day to fly one million people to the Red Planet.
Another dream of Musk is to make space tourism cheaper.
SpaceX is now building its futuristic Starship intending to launch cargo and more than 100 people at a time.
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