The first man will be on Mars within six years. Elon Musk stated this at the webcast of the Axel Springer Awards ceremony, which is awarded for ideas that affect human development. At the same time, he added that he was very confident in the timing but did not rule out that they could be adjusted. And in the downward direction – up to four years. CNBC reports it…
It is assumed that the main boost of interplanetary flights will be the appearance of a large Starship rocket, a prototype of which is now at the SpaceX test site in Boca Chica.
The six-year term corresponds to Elon Musk’s plan announced in 2016. Then he announced that the first man would be on Mars in 2026.
But while SpaceX faces a difficult task: according to its own plan, the company is late with this rocket since it was expected that the first test flight into orbit would take place in 2021. Besides, Elon admits that there are still “many milestones” before the launch of a person on a Starship rocket.
However, work on Starship has now become a priority for SpaceX. This was announced after a successful human-crewed mission on a Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon, which ended in August 2020:
According to the plan, Starship is capable of carrying a large amount of cargo and up to a hundred people. Musk wants the rocket to be reusable, and the main cost of flying is fuel. This will make each launch as cheap as possible.