Getting to Mars is a dream many space agencies have had for a while, and numerous preparations and developments are being made towards this aim.
Now, in a round of tweets posted on Thursday, Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX, unveiled new information regarding his intent to build a city of one million people on Mars by the year 2050.
Musk revealed the fact that he hoped to design 1,000 Starship spacecraft in the course of ten years. That means he wants to build 100 Starships per year. Ultimately, Musk added, the aim is to launch an average of three spacecraft daily and make the voyage to Mars accessible to anyone on Earth.
Making Humans Multi-planetary Beings
Starship, if realized to the last bits, would be the most formidable launch system ever designed by man. Each take-off would have the possibility to send over 100 tonnes and 100 people into orbit at once.
Elon Musk did not detail what precisely the rockets would have to transport to Mars, but important resources such as water, food, building materials, instruments, and enhanced life-support technologies are granted. Therefore, he calculated that he would need a complete fleet of Starships in order to create a permanent colony on the Red Planet.
“Megatons per year to orbit are needed for life to become multi-planetary,” he tweeted on Thursday.
He also said that the would take advantage of that chance by ‘loading the Mars fleet into Earth’s orbit,’ then dispatching all the 1,000 spacecraft on a trajectory to Mars during that window of 20 days, every 26 months.
In addition, Musk said that a new Starship prototype might take off to space before the end of March 2020.
“First flight is hopefully 2 to 3 months away,” Musk tweeted on December 27th.