A vision for colonization of Mars brought to us by the man who pioneered electric cars here on Earth. Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX, speaking at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico Tuesday, giving the technical details of how to get a million of us to take over Mars.
The challenge he says is cost.>> So, it is a bit tricky, because we have forgotten how to improve the costs of trips to mars by five million percent. I think as we show that this is possible, that this dream is real, I think that the support will snow ball over time.
And I should say also that the main reason I'm personally accumulating assets is in order to fund this.>> Here's his plan. Launch the space ship. The booster then heads back to Earth, gets fuel, go goes back to refuel the spaceship and then off to Mars. That booster is something that's a larger scale version of whats used in the Falcon nine ships that made several round trips to space although the last one exploded with a satellite on board.
Reusable pieces are key, says Musk, and he aims to get the cost to about $200,000 a person with about 100 passengers on the spaceship at the beginning. Musk says he aims for a development ship in four years, and says if things go super well perhaps in 10 years the journey to Mars can start, and who gets to go first?
>> It would be basically are you prepared to die? Then that's okay, then, you know, you're a candidate for going.>> And if that's not ambitious enough, Maske's also looking past Mars with so called propellant depots throughout space for freer travel in the solar system.>>