It is expected that Elon Musk, the SpaceX founder and CEO, will deliver a speech Tuesday at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico detailing on his ideas on how to come up with a city on Mars in 10 years.
Musk has named the project as the ‘Mars Colonial Transporter’, which includes a massive new rocket and spaceship that could deliver 100 people to Mars. Scott Hubbard from Stanford University said that the speech is long-awaited.
There is an increasing craze about private human-to Mars approach. As per the conference program, Musk will shed light on potential colonization system on which private sector and governments will collectively work on in the coming time.
Since the time Musk has publicized his Mars colonization plans and marketed the same with ‘Occupy Mars’ T-shirts, caps, and mugs, it has won millions of hearts who have been looking a chance for deep space exploration.
Hannah Kerner, executive director of the Space Frontier Foundation, stated that it is been quite a time now Musk has been focusing on the Martin settlement. “Especially in comparison to the speed that NASA’s ‘Journey to Mars’ has been moving, people are really looking to SpaceX to follow through on what they’re saying”, affirmed Kerner.
There are plans that SpaceX will launch an unmanned ‘Red Dragon’ spacecraft to Mars in 2018. Also, a big-sized, reusable rocket powered by methane-fueled Raptor engines is under development. It would undergo testing by 2022. And, there is a possibility the mission could take place in hiatus of two years.
But how Musk would perform all this has remained a matter of speculation for years. Owing to which there is a lot of craze about Musk’s speech.
A report published in Florida Today informed, "At the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, the SpaceX founder and CEO is expected to offer more detail about a system he’s called the “Mars Colonial Transporter,” including a massive new rocket and spaceship that could deliver 100 people to the Red Planet."
“My sense from the space enthusiast community is that the speech is very highly anticipated,” said Scott Hubbard, a consulting professor at Stanford University and former “Mars czar” at NASA. “Supporters are looking for a private humans-to-Mars approach.”
“I think it’s going to sound pretty crazy, so it should be at least entertaining,” he said earlier this year at Kennedy Space Center, after SpaceX launched supplies to the International Space Station.
According to a report in Engadget by Steve Dent, "SpaceX has done its first test of the Raptor rocket engine that will take humans to Mars as early as 2024, Elon Musk said in a series of tweets. It was fired at the company's McGregor, Texas facility on a stand that can handle the extreme thrust."
With nine of the methane-fueled motors, the Red Dragon will be far more powerful than any current rocket. It'll eventually lift the Mars Colonial Transporter, loaded with 100 tons of cargo, toward the red planet. The company plans to launch an unmanned craft to Mars by 2018 and get humans there by 2024.
Elon Musk will give a speech tomorrow at the International Astronautical Conference in Mexico, titled "Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species." He's expected to unveil the design of the Mars Colonial Transporter and overall plan for colonizing the red planet.