Mars Rocket Will Fly Short Flights in 2019: Elon Musk

  • Mars Rocket Will Fly Short Flights in 2019: Elon Musk

Mars Rocket Will Fly Short Flights in 2019: Elon Musk

At a SXSW event in the US, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that it is their intention to conduct short test flights in the first half of 2019 with the company's Mars rocket, also known as BFR.

Elon Musk spoke on the progress of SpaceX and the eventual manned trip to Mars at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas.

Mr Musk conceded that his forecasts on project completion times are sometimes a bit rosy: "People have told me that my timelines historically have been optimistic".

The billionaire entrepreneur has previously said he is aiming to launch a cargo mission to Mars by 2022 as part of a plan to eventually set up a human colony on the Red Planet.

At SXSW, Musk said SpaceX's Mars rocket - known as BFR, or "big f--ing rocket" - would have twice the liftoff thrust of the Saturn V, the rocket NASA used to send astronauts to the Moon.

Earlier past year, Musk had said that his Mars rocket, called Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), could one day fly people from city to city on Earth in incredibly short time spans, touting that it would take 30 minutes to hop from NY to Shanghai.

As a large and, more importantly, reusable rocket, ships like the Falcon Heavy could give the private space company the tools they need in order to bring humanity to distances we haven't seen thus far.

Although the interplanetary ship would be able to take us to Mars next year, Elon Musk did elaborate on how the pioneering travelers might face some significant obstacles - perhaps making great sacrifices for the future of space travel. "This question of reusability is so fundamental to rocketry".

Elon Musk is a genius and there is no debating that. That flight cost between 5 and 6 million dollars.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Musk said flights to Mars could begin in 2019, instead of tests of spacecraft created to travel to the Red Planet.

He went on to explain that his preferred solution would be for bases to be built on both the moon and Mars and said it's important to get this done before a third world war.