Now that SpaceX has successfully launched astronauts into space with NASA, Elon Musk plans to move onto the bigger game… Getting humans to Mars.
Elon Musk says that the company is now focused on developing its next generation of rocket. The information came from an internal e-mail that was sent out to staff where the CEO stated that the development of the Starship was now the primary focus for SpaceX.
The Starship was unveiled in September 2019 and is designed to carry crew and cargo to the moon, Mars or anywhere else in our solar system. Something Musk touched on at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia on September 29th, 2016:
Elon Musk’s plan is to make the SpaceX vehicles as reusable as common airplanes which will drastically reduce flight cost and allow everyday people to travel into space.
The first part of the mission will take place in 2022 when at least two of the Starships will land on Mars. The craft will contain drones and robots which will send data back to SpaceX who will confirm if there are sufficient resources of water on the planet along with checking of any major geographic risks.
The second phase will start in 2024 when the earth-Mars rendezvous occurs and two more Starships will land on the Martian terrain with the first humans. The spacecraft will bring equipment, supplies and production plants to create an eco-system on the planet as well as develop a base of operations.
Nasa has given SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin a nod at developing their new lunar landers which are expected to take humans back to the moon.
Elon said in an interview after the success launch of astronauts to the ISS on May 30 that he thinks it’s possible to happen by 2024 and will be surprised if it’s not achieved by 2025.