During an interview at the virtual conference of the Mars Society on Friday, Musk said he now believes his next generation spacecraft could be ready by 2023, in time for its launch in 2024.
"I think we have a fighting chance of making that second Mars transfer window", Musk said in a conversation with Mars Society originator Robert Zubrin.
However, South African billionaire Elon Musk added his reusable rocket company has no intention of being responsible for building a base on Mars. That's why we saw it Three robotic missions to our neighboring world, Including NASA's Persevering rover, which will be launched from each other in a matter of weeks in July.
The mission will be launched to the Red Planet aboard the SpaceX Starship, a reusable rocket and spacecraft kit now under development at the company's South Texas facility. SpaceX also plans to use Starship The mission to the moon begins in 2022, As well as point-to-point trips around the Earth.
"It's not like I have all these secret dates and I'm just keeping them from people", he said.
If Starship meets this ambitions target, this mission will witness a historic launch to Mars on a SpaceX Starship launch vehicle. As a transportation organization, its solitary objective is to ship load (and people) to and from the Red Planet, encouraging the improvement of another person's Mars base.
"These are just speculations", Musk told Mars Society president Robert Zubrin via Zoom.
"My personal hope is that we're gonna see Starship in the stratosphere before this year's out, and if Elon is right, reach orbit next year or the year after", Zubrin included. "This will change people's minds about what's possible".
If Mr Musk's potentially overly-ambitious estimates are correct, SpaceX's first Mars mission would occur in the same year U.S. space agency NASA's Artemis program will attempt to plant astronauts back on the Moon.
SpaceX hopes for Starship to be used as a commercial spacecraft that will be able to take off and land like an airplane.
NASA recently selected SpaceX as one of three teams to develop Moon landers for the all-female Artemis program.
Starship Mk1, which is being assembled at SpaceX's South Texas facility. The task means to dispatch a 165-foot (50 meters) spacecraft atop a huge supporter for profound space missions to the moon, Mars and somewhere else. Both the Starship and its Super Heavy supporter will be reusable.
If the experiment fails, SpaceX3 has new models in the pipeline, called SN9, SN10, and SN11; According to the NASA Space Flight website, some enthusiastic observers spotted missile parts bearing the SN-14 mark at the company's test site in Boca Chica, Texas, USA, suggesting that there are several prototypes in preparation. Those flights reached an altitude of 500 feet (150 meters).
SpaceX is now preparing another prototype of the Starship, called SN8, for a test flight of 12 miles (20 kilometers) in the near future.