Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, said he is "highly confident" that his space company will successfully place humans on Mars on or before 2026, adding the feat "about six years from now," during a webcast award show in Berlin, Germany. If we're lucky, maybe 4 years, "If we get lucky, maybe four years," In two years, we want to send an uncrewed vehicle there. "We want to send an uncrewed vehicle there in two years." The ambitious goal of Musk for 2026 synchronises with what he said earlier at the International Astronautical Congress in September 2016, when he suggested that if things go super well," putting people on Mars "might be kind of in the 10-year timeframe."
I don't want to say that's when it's going to happen. There's a huge amount of risk, "I don't want to say that's when it will occur — there's a huge amount of risk," Musk will clarify the timeline for SpaceX Mars during the award event. This news came on Tuesday when Elon Musk received an award from media giant Axel Springer, after which he had a seat to offer a comprehensive interview on topics ranging from space to AI, and Tech Crunch reports from Tesla to underpopulation. Musk opened with words on the plans for Mars for SpaceX, clarifying timelines under development to make the trip with Starship to the Red Planet, the highly anticipated next-gen spacecraft scheduled to fly a high-altitude test run on Friday, Dec. 4. Fully-reusable starships could reduce the fuel cost of flights. Musk's objective is to make Starship 100% reusable, unlike SpaceX's collection of Falcon Heavy and Falcon 9 rockets, which we know are partially reusable.
This would be the first rocket of its kind, since it will have brief turnaround times between flights, resembling a commercial aeroplane in practise. The only major cost for Starship flights will be fuel once tested and active, reports CNBC. Musk notes the progress of Starship behind the debut schedule. With the period of relatively synchronised orbits the Earth and Mars share once every 26 months, Elon Musk's timeline moves in lockstep. While the cosmic schedule is clear, Musk himself has expressed disappointment that Starship development is not moving as quickly as he originally hoped when the first prototype rocket debuted in September 2019.
Musk said that Starship might reach orbit by March 2020 when it was unveiled, but SpaceX has pushed the first orbital flight back to 2021. Starship may fly people into space this year, Musk also said, but later admitted that the rocket had many milestones, including "hundreds of missions" before this could become a reality. On Friday, SpaceX plans to fly a 50,000-ft Starship test flight. For now the top priority of SpaceX is Starship development, which has been the case since the company launched two NASA astronauts on its first crewed mission. Musk wrote a company-wide email in June urging the Starship programme to speed up dramatically and immediately," reports CNBC. Since then, SpaceX has completed two Starship prototype 500-ft (152.4-m) test flights, and the company is ready to fly the Starship on Friday, Dec. 4, for the first time, to 50,000 ft (15,000 km)