BEIJING, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) — Elon Musk has put forward a plan to ensure the long-term survival of mankind — we must become an interstellar species with space civilization. The chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX, while guest on the podcast “Sway,” revealed details of the next generation launch vehicle, the Starship, and some of the “dim prospects” for the future of humanity.
Musk noted that “the sun will eventually expand and engulf the Earth”, so humans need to travel to Mars. ‘It’s definitely going to happen, but it’s not going to happen any time soon, ‘ he said. The billionaire also noted that SpaceX’s reusable “starship” will be key to turning his plans into reality, with one of its design uses being to carry out Missions to Mars, including as a cargo ship and manned spacecraft. He believes humans will be able to fly by rocket in the next two years.
A study by the University of Warwick in the UK suggests that the sun’s expansion and devouring of the Earth will indeed occur, but that life on the sun will not come to an end for at least 6 billion years.
Musk has been hoping to conquer Mars for years, and he has never been shy about revealing his plans. The key to turning that dream into reality is SpaceX’s big rocket, the Starship. The rocket has been being tested and built at the company’s Boca Chica base in Texas.
Elon Musk also noted that SpaceX’s reusable Starship rocket will be key to turning his plans into reality. He believes that humans can fly by rocket within two years.
“I think we’re going to launch the Starship sometime next year, it’s going to be around August,” he said. We’re going to operate in unmanned automatic mode,” Musk said. “
Asked if he planned to travel on the rocket, Musk said he had not considered it, but did not rule it out. Musk has previously suggested that SpaceX needs to produce 1,000 starships in nine years to send 1 million people to Mars. He says his company is achieving that goal.
“We can reduce space costs and save taxpayers a lot of money,” Musk said. Reusability is important for entering space. It’s a bit silly to use rockets as consumables. You built an incredible machine that ended up falling into the ocean, leaving only debris on the bottom of the ocean. It’s crazy. “
There are many other players in the current space game, including Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, which owns private space company Blue Origin. Blue Origin and SpaceX are competing with each other to send the next human to the moon with their spacecraft and become the first companies to send tourists into space.
Musk and Bezos, on the other hand, are also focused on the long-term survival of humans, although they have different ideas about how to ensure their survival. Musk has made moving to different planets a priority, while Bezos envisions humans entering large space stations. “But anyway, if you have advanced rockets, you can decide whether to live on the space station or on Mars,” Musk said. “
“I think it’s a bit sad that we were able to get to the moon in 1969, but now it’s 2020 and we can’t even go back to the moon. Of course we want to make sure that civilization gets better over time,” he continued. “
Musk unveiled the first prototype of the Starship in 2019, with the main goal of sending humans to Mars. He had planned to launch the rocket in low orbit in March and a manned launch by the end of 2020. However, the Starship program has experienced some ups and downs since 2019, as Musk mentioned in another interview earlier this month.
“I wish we could do a lot of flights,” Musk said. This is uncharted territory. No one has ever created an orbital rocket that can be completely reused. So it’s very important just to do that. “
What is Elon Musk’s “BFR”?
SpaceX’s Starship will be partially reused and has the ability to fly directly from Earth to Mars.
As early as 2005, SpaceX named the BFR a planned super-heavy rocket. In 2016, SpaceX unveiled a 12-meter diameter design that calls the entire system the Interplanetary Transport System (ITS). In 2017, SpaceX unveiled a new 9-meter-diameter design that changed back to the “BFR,” which SpaceX President Gwen Shortwell said was the Big Falcon Rocket. But Elon Musk has explained that he was inspired by the BFG weapon in the game Destroyer, whose name is “Big Fucking Gun,” so BFR is occasionally referred to in the media as “Big Fucking Rocket.”
The SpaceX CEO said the rocket will make its first trip to Mars in 2022, carrying only cargo, and then carry a manned flight in 2024. He also noted that SpaceX’s other products would be “dismantled” to cover the cost of the launch.
SpaceX’s Starship will be partially reused and has the ability to fly directly from Earth to Mars. Musk believes the rocket, once built, could also be used for travel on Earth, allowing passengers to reach anywhere on Earth in an hour. (Any day)