Elon Musk is well known for his surprising initiatives, one of his most public and longstanding ones being that of helping humanity get to Mars. Now, the billionaire entrepreneur released a new paper in which he offers clear-cut directions, possible prices, and more exact details as to his Martian vision for humankind.
Elon Musk has been quite vocal about his plans for getting man on the Red Planet. Last year, in September and then in October, he held various conferences and Q&As in which he explained how he was looking to achieve this goal.
But now, the visionary released a paper in New Space. Titled “Making Humanity a Multi-Planetary Species”, the commentary offers clearer, more exact details as to how this target could possibly be achieved.
Musk’s Martian Vision Achievable for ‘Only’ $200,000 A Head?
Musk’s commentary expands over 15 pages in which he explains why Mars is the most likely first choice for a space destination. He also suggests a method of reducing the price of space travel.
Musk points out that it would be harder if not impossible to build a space colony with a ticket for Mars priced at US $10 billion per person. Instead, he explains how this value could be reduced to a rather more “affordable” US $200,000 a head.
Then, the paper explains how the “Interplanetary Transport System” could function. It also offers a traveling time frame. This commentary even goes to provide suggestions as to where on Mars it would be best to settle.
Musk does not offer an exact date for when humanity will start colonizing its neighboring planet. But he does nonetheless point out a possible game plan and tentative time frame. In it, a first flight to Mars could take off as soon as 2023. Then, over a period of 10 other years, SpaceX could carry out a series of missions to transport around a million people and set the base for “a new world”.
Even Musk himself points out that this might seem a little too optimistic, but the first paragraph of his commentary makes his intentions about this Martian vision quite clear.
“By talking about the SpaceX Mars architecture, I want to make Mars seem possible – make it seem as though it is something that we can do in our lifetime,” writes Musk.
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