SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has announced his company’s nine year plan to put people on Mars. “We should be able to — we should be able to — launch people in 2024, with arrival in 2025,” he told attendees at the recent media and tech Code Conference in California, because he’s obviously never watched, like, any sci-fi movie ever and thinks it’s actually a good idea.
In the meantime, though, SpaceX wants to launch an unmanned mission to the red planet in 2018 already.
“The 2018 mission will be a Dragon V2, I wouldn’t recommend traveling to Mars in that. It has the interior volume of an SUV. This will be a very big rocket. And it also doesn’t have the capability of getting back to earth. We’ll put that in fine print,” he explained.
“I believe is important to the future, ultimately be out there among the stars. It’s not being a single planet species and moving planets, it’s about being a multi-planet species and have life extend beyond the solar system and ultimately to other star systems. That’s the future that’s exciting. You need things like that to be glad to wake up in the morning. Life can’t just be about solving problems, they have to be inspiring and make you glad to be alive.”
The first Dragon mission was launched into orbit in 2010, and in 2012, a cargo variant of the spaceship became the first commercial craft to dock with the International Space Station (ISS). The Dragon V2 is designed to carry up to seven astronauts.
Musk also added that, politically, a Martian colony would best function as a people’s democracy.
“Most likely the form of government on Mars would be a direct democracy, not representative,” said Musk. “So it would be people voting directly on issues. And I think that’s probably better, because the potential for corruption is substantially diminished in a direct versus a representative democracy.”
Not that it would stop a portal to Hell opening up.