If you want to go to Mars, time is everything, and Elon Musk no longer thinks SpaceX will do the red planet when the next window of opportunity opens in 2022.
The top fan of leaving this world had, followed by a crew trip a few years later. In an interview at the Mars Society virtual Convention on Friday, Musk said he now thinks his next-generation Starship spacecraft could be ready right away in 2023, just in time for a launch window in 2024.
The orbits of Earth and Mars around the sun carry two planets close to each other for almost two years. That̵7;s why we saw it , with NASA’s Perseverance rover, will launch within weeks of each other in July.
“I think we have a chance at fighting,” Musk said who made the transportation window in 2024 March.
However, to get there, Musk said his team needed to pick up the pace of change and he was not afraid to break some things down the road.
“We will probably lose some ships,” he said when asked about the development process for Starship, which was designed to later bring dozens of people to Mars.
So far, Starship’s previous prototypes have produced short, low-altitude “hops” from the SpaceX testing facility in Texas. Musk expects early models to make it into orbit for the first time next year. He added that the company could demonstrate refueling capability in orbit in 2022 and start making trips to the moon immediately after that.
The company’s founder and chief engineer warns that he has no secret dates to achieve these milestones.
“These are just predictions,” Musk told Mars Society President Robert Zubrin about Zoom.
As for who will land on Mars, Musk said that once there are a million people who both want to go to the red planet and afford it, that should be enough to maintain a city. So in other words, it seems that the early Christians were probably wealthy natives.
Once on Mars, Musk said, the first business order would be to set up a propellant plant. He also mentioned the idea of sending robotic droids to the surface that humans could control from Earth.
Naturally, Musk also has designs over Mars. He mentioned the idea of using Starship or another craft to visit, large asteroids, the moons of Jupiter and even the Kuiper Belt and the farthest reaches of the solar system.
“We have to jump to another planet first,” he said.