Elon Musk Thinks Starship Mars Mission Could Start In 4 Years

Elon Musk Thinks Starship Mars Mission Could Start In 4 Years


The first unmanned Starship mission to Mars could begin in 2024, said prominent billionaire Elon Musk, SpaceX's chief executive. Emphasizing that the timeline is all about forecasts, Musk noted that dates can change.

SpaceX appears almost ready for its goal of establishing a colony on Mars with its massive starship rocket. The private space transportation company is on track to launch its first crewless mission to Mars four years later, Elon Musk, chief executive of the U.S.-based private space transportation company, said in a speech at the 2020 Mars Society Virtual Convention.

"I think we have a chance to make that second Mars transfer window," Musk said during a meeting with Robert Zubrin, founder of the Mars Society. That window Musk is talking about is a launch opportunity that arises for a Mars mission every 26 months. In this context, NASA, China and the United Arab Emirates launched missions on Mars in July of this year.

Musk also emphasizes that the timeline he gives for the rocket's progress is "entirely made up of predictions" and may well change.

Starship prototypes successfully complete 150m jump tests:

The new rocket prototype has successfully completed two 150 m jump tests so far. Construction work on the spacecraft is currently underway at the company's Boca Chica South Texas facility. It is expected to be a fully reusable launch vehicle when completed.

SpaceX also plans to use the Starship for lunar missions as early as 2022, in addition to point-to-point trips around Earth.

Musk has long said that humans should establish a permanent and self-sustaining colony on Mars to ensure "the continuity of consciousness as we know it." According to Musk, this will ensure the species ' survival in the event of a nuclear massacre on Earth or an asteroid strike.

Despite all this, SpaceX does not really have any plans to build a Mars Base. As a transportation company, SpaceX's only goal is to get people to the moon, Mars and beyond.

SpaceX had conducted 150-foot test flights of its Starship prototypes, called SN5 and SN6, at its Boca Chica facilities in Texas this year. The company is working on another starship prototype, called SN8, for a 20-kilometer high-altitude test in the near future.