Mars Rocket Taking Short Flights in 2009 Says Elon Musk

Elon Musk the owner of Tesla and SpaceX has issued another ambitious timeline. The entrepreneur said during a SXSW Festival questions and answers session on Sunday that SpaceX would be ready to send up its Mars rocket during 2019.

Musk said the company was building its first interplanetary ship at this time and will likely have short flight during the first six months of 2019.

Last year Musk said that his rocket for Mars, known as Big Falcon Rocket or BFR, could at one point fly people between cities on Earth in time spans that would be incredibly short touting it would only take 30 minutes to fly from New York City to Shanghai, China.

He added at that same time that he hoped the BFR would land one day on Mars by 2022, and that the first missions would be sending cargo, but eventually the rocket would be the host to conveys full of people and their belongings. Musk’s ultimate goal for the BFR is to establish a colony that is self-sustaining on Mars.

Sending humans to Mars to live is the heart of Musk’s vision for SpaceX. It has prompted the web to give Musk the nickname of God-Emperor of Mars.

The entrepreneur, who is a billionaire, has denied that he wants to be the ruler of the planet, and this past weekend detailed the vision he has for a direct democracy where the people vote on issues directly rather than using a representative government.

Maybe it will require a majority vote of 60% to become law, but any amount over 40% can have a law removed, said Musk. It should be much easier to have a law removed than to have a new one put in place. The text for the laws should also be short and easily understandable, he insisted.

Musk says that too many regulations are harmful and prevent the society from advancing. It leads to the civilization suffering from a hardening of the arteries.

Musk said at an earlier point in the festival that colonizing Mars would present large-scale entrepreneurial opportunity.

Tesla electric vehicle maker said that Mars would need to receive everything from pizza joints up to iron foundries.

The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX is known for not being able to estimates the length of time the major endeavors he as will take. The Falcon Heavy rocket from SpaceX, which last month made its first successful maiden launch, was promised to debut initially in 2013.


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