Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of SpaceX has said in a statement that the first test run of actualizing it’s long primary vision of creating a self-sustaining city in Mars, taking humans to live in Mars, may happen in three to four years, approximately in year 2022. This was disclosed in a press statement issued after SpaceX launched it’s biggest and most powerful satellite – Falcon Heavy into orbit on Tuesday.
Musk had previously in year 2017, revealed his most recent plan at a conference. He had said the company has plans of building a truly enormous launch vehicle, called BFR or Big Falcon Rocket. From Tuesday’s statement, in which he was rather more concerned with Space X’s future, Musk had said a first test flight for the BFR could happen in “three or four years.”
The BFR is way larger than its Tuesday launched Falcon Heavy. It will be about 348 feet tall compared to the Falcon Heavy’s 229.6 feet and actually more than double the Falcon Heavy’s power, loaded with enough power for a 160-foot long spacecraft into space before can begins a months-long trek to Mars. The BFR is expected to transport both humans and all their cargo.
Will Elon Musk and SpaceX be able to pull through on the 2022 target? Well, you will want to believe so, taking in consideration the level of achievements made so far. Tuesday’s Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. It has the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)—a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel–Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost. No more can we doubt the feasibility of year 2022.
In his words, Musk had also said, “most of our engineering resources will be dedicated to BFR, and I think that will make things go quite quickly”. So, the right question on our mind now is, is Elon Musk blabbing?
Elon Reeve Musk (born June 28, 1971) is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, engineer, inventor and investor. He is the founder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors; chairman of SolarCity, co-chairman of OpenAI; co-founder of Zip2; and co-founder of PayPal. As of March 2016, he has an estimated net worth of US$13.5 billion, making him the 75th wealthiest person in the US.
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), is a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. Currently, SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company has since developed the Falcon launch vehicle family and the Dragon spacecraft family, which both currently deliver payloads into Earth orbit.
Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second-smallest planet in the Solar System, after Mercury. Named after the Roman god of war, it is often referred to as the “Red Planet” because the iron oxide prevalent on its surface gives it a reddish appearance. Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere, having surface features reminiscent both of the impact craters of the Moon and the valleys, deserts, and polar ice caps of Earth.