Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

SpaceX Mars Rocket Will Begin Test Flights as Early as 2019

SpaceX Mars Rocket Will Begin Test Flights as Early as 2019

Spaceships headed for Mars could be ready as soon as the first half of next year, the man behind their creation, Elon Musk, has announced.

Elon Musk released a attractive new short video about launching the Tesla Roadster driven by "Starman", a dummy equipped with a spacesuit, in space on the Falcon Heavy, SpaceX's latest rocket.

The ultimate goal of the mission, of course, is a Mars colony.

In fact, Musk believes the spacecraft will take flight as early as next year, but only for short flights.

He said at the time that he hoped a BFR will land on Mars in 2022, and the first missions will send cargo, CNN reported. For Musk, it's essential that humans plant a "seed" on another planet in case of World War III. It's prompted the internet to bestow Musk with the nickname "God-Emperor of Mars". A lot of people came in to commemorate the founder as well as ask questions about the ambition of SpaceX and how it would accomplish the plan to build the colonies on Mars.

"It kind of reads like [Ernest] Shackleton's ad to Antarctic explorers: It's hard, dangerous, good chance you will die, excitement for those who survive, that kind of thing", Musk said.

He added it should be "easier to get rid of a rule than to put one in" as he detailed what life could be like on another planet. It leads to a "hardening of the artery of the civilization", he said.

When asked about his motivation for entering the space industry, Musk explained that he felt that there was insufficient progress and investment being made to make space travel a reality.

On more trivial notes, when questioned on who he was inspired by, Mr Musk said that Kanye West was someone he looked up to. After that, "then really the explosion of entrepreneurial opportunity [will begin] because Mars will need everything from iron foundries to pizza joints".

The billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is known for underestimating how long his major endeavors will take. This meant the debut of a promotional trailer Nolan helped create for SpaceX's successful Falcon Heavy launch back in February.

During the Q&A session, Musk admitted, "I gave both SpaceX and Tesla a probability of less than 10% likely to succeed", and, "at the beginning in 2002, I wouldn't even let my own friends invest as I didn't want to lose their money".

"I'm trying to "recalibrate" to some degree here".

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