SpaceX founder Elon Musk is "80%-90% confident" that the company's massive new Starship rocket will reach orbit next year and said there's a chance it will be ready for an uncrewed cargo mission to Mars in 2024. Earlier in July, NASA, the United Arab Emirates, and China all launched their respective missions to Mars.
If you want to go to Mars all the time, Elon Musk no longer thinks that SpaceX will turn it into a red planet when the next opportunity window opens in 2022. He mentioned the idea of using starship or other craft items to visit Suddenly the wonderful situation of Venus, The largest asteroids, the moons of Jupiter and the highest points of the Khyber belt and solar system.
"SpaceX faces its single biggest challenge, which is the transportation system".
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.
But SpaceX doesn't have any plans to actually build a base on Mars. As a transportation company, its sole goal is to transport cargo (and humans) to and from the Red Planet, facilitating the development of someone else's Mars base.
"These are just speculations", said Robert Zubrin, president of the Musk Mars Association. Musk hopes early prototypes will reach orbit for the first time next year. "This will change people's minds about what's possible".
This SpaceX infographic shows how the company uses its Starship interseller spacecraft to transport humans and cargo to and from the Red Planet.
In this SpaceX handout image, a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft launches on the Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley onboard at Launch Complex 39A May 30, 2020, at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
While Musk is known to have too stringent timelines, if he is correct, then SpaceX can proceed with its first Mars mission in the same year when NASA launches its Artemis program to bring astronauts to return to the moon. NASA has also chosen SpaceX as one of three commercial teams to develop lunar landers for the Artemis program.
Beyond the orbital test flights, Musk said SpaceX "has a chance to fight", to be ready to send a utility ship payload - without humans - to Mars in 2024. Mars will not be in the best position.
Muscat unveiled SpaceX's starship plans in 2016. The project aims to launch the 165-foot (50-meter) spacecraft over a giant booster for deep space missions to the moon, Mars and elsewhere. The Starship rocket and Super Heavy booster will be both reusable.
This year, SpaceX launched two test flights of the Starship prototypes, Called SN5 and SN6, From its Boca Chika test site in Texas.
SpaceX is now preparing another prototype of the Starship, called SN8, for a test flight of 12 miles (20 kilometers) in the near future.