Elon Musk unveiled his ambitious plans to colonise Mars by 2022 and transport people from country to country on Earth in record time.
The founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk a private space entrepreneur, spoke at a world astronautics conference that brought together up to 4,000 experts in Adelaide, Australia.
SpaceX has already begun working on this interplanetary transport system project, which he gave the code name Big fucking rocket (BFR). The construction of the first vessel must begin in six or nine months.
“I’m pretty confident that we can complete the ship and launch it in about five years.”
The goal is that at least two cargo craft can land on Mars in 2022, with the main mission of finding the best possible source of water. These vessels would transport enough infrastructure to survive on Mars before people were transported there in 2024.
The project would be funded in particular by the launch of satellites and services to space stations and missions on the moon, he said.
The BFR vessels would also serve the inhabitants on Earth by reducing the journey time between major cities to less than half an hour, he predicted. A Bangkok-Dubai would take 27 minutes, while Tokyo would be 30 minutes away from New Delhi.
“Once out of the atmosphere, it would roll by itself, without turbulence, nothing. There is no weather and you can earn long distance destinations in less than half an hour. If we build this stuff to go to the Moon or Mars, why not go to other places on Earth too? “
Reaching and colonizing Mars is perceived by private and public entrepreneurs as the next major step in space exploration and has become a major theme at the Adelaide congress.