Elon Musk Says Travel To Mars May Be Possible By 2019
SpaceX may be ready to test out space travel to Mars as soon as next year, according to CEO Elon Musk.
According to Musk, the company has begun building the first interplanetary ship. The aim is to test out short trips or flights by the first half of next year.
SpaceX BFR space shuttles could have the capabilities of interplanetary transport of goods and people. Just like the Falcon space shuttles, these are also reusable for future launches.
Elon went on to add that bases set up on the moon and Mars would be able to sustain human civilisation if and when the next World War begins.
SpaceX has been spearheading the idea of colonising Mars in the future and designing reusable space shuttles.
Musk added that it was first important to first setup infrastructure before starting the colonisation plans.
When asked about who would be the first people to travel to these outposts, Elon replied that not all the ‘rich or elite’ would benefit.
For the early people that go to Mars, it will be far more dangerous. It kind of reads like Shackleton’s ad for Antarctic explorers: Difficult, dangerous, good chance you’ll die. Excitement for those who survive.
Tesla’s CEO did not shy away from expressing his distrust of Artificial Intelligence in the convention.
Elon said “I’m very close to the cutting edge in AI, and it scares the hell out of me. It’s capable of vastly more than almost anyone knows, and the rate of improvement is exponential.” Elon also believes that self-driving cars will make roads 200% safer. He adds that, according to studies, Tesla’s Autopilot feature has reduced road accidents by up to 45%.