News ID: 170923
Published: 0245 GMT October 25, 2016

Elon Musk outlines SpaceX’s plans to get humans to Red Planet

Elon Musk outlines SpaceX’s plans to get humans to Red Planet

Elon Musk has reiterated his vision to get humans to Mars while discussing in detail how his SpaceX plans to do it.

Speaking on Reddit during an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session, the SpaceX CEO said his firm is working tirelessly to get man to Mars, and even went in to detail on how people will live, express.co.uk reported.

SpaceX is aiming to get people to Mars within 10 years, with the first people there being tasked with beginning to build a new civilization.

When asked by one user how people plan to live on the Red Planet, Musk said: “Initially, glass panes with carbon fiber frames to build geodesic domes on the surface, plus a lot of miner/tunneling droids.

“With the latter, you can build out a huge amount of pressurized space for industrial operations and leave the glass domes for green living space.”

Musk, who is also involved in PayPal and Tesla Motors, even outlined his plans to get to Mars.

He said: “We are still far from figuring this out in detail, but the current plan is: Send Dragon scouting missions, initially just to make sure we know how to land without adding a crater and then to figure out the best way to get water for the CH4/O2 Sabatier Reaction.

“Heart of Gold spaceship flies to Mars loaded only with equipment to build the propellant plant.

“First crewed mission with equipment to build rudimentary base and complete the propellant plant.

 “Try to double the number of flights with each Earth-Mars orbital rendezvous, which is every 26 months, until the city can grow by itself.”

Musk also said that rockets in the Interplanetary Transit System (ITS) will be powerful enough to get to Mars even when Earth and the Red Planet are not at the closest points in their respective orbits.

While humanity seems to be striding towards life on Mars, there is still so much that needs to be figured out.

As such, even the experts are currently unsure of the logistics, thus making it extremely dangerous for the first astronauts there.

Previously, Musk has said: "I think the first journeys to Mars are going to be really very dangerous. The risk of fatality will be high; there's just no way around it.

"It would be, basically, 'are you prepared to die?' If that's OK, then, you know, you're a candidate for going.”

   
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