The grounded rocket Elon Musk is alleged for delaying its maiden flight Falcon Heavy again and again But Musk, never shy away from introducing grand declarations. Now it revealed the SpaceX's conceptual designs of a rocket and spacecraft designed that can carry humans to the Mars.
The "self-sustaining city on Mars" could be achieved within 40 to 100 years says Musk. In an hour-long speech titled "Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species" at the International Astronautical Congress, he said that his goal was to make Mars seem possible.
“To make it seem like it's something we can do in our lifetimes. We can actually send humans to the Mars and can make a city on that planet," he added.
Musk, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal, who also runs Tesla Motors, knows how to attract attention. He made thousands of people to come and cheer on his much-hyped and long-anticipated presentation.
Musk presented Mars in a way that over time the planet can be morphed into a habitable planet with oceans and greenery. He showed a tantalizing video of the rocket taking off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida with 100 people on board, refueling in orbit and then landing on Mars.
The design of the Mars rocket shows that it is a towering 400-feet tall, far more powerful than the Saturn V that took the Apollo astronauts to the moon. He acknowledged the challenge that may came on the way while creating a spacecraft that could keep dozens of humans alive Mars.
And he also acknowledged the difficulties of lowering the cost of the flights from $10 billion a person to $200,000 or less, in part by reusing rockets to fly repeat missions ferrying lots of people.
But his presentation was less clear was how SpaceX would pay to get to that point, and outside of the technical details of the rocket and spacecraft he offered few specifics on how a city on Mars would get built.