Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

A 30-minute SpaceX rocket ride in 2019

A 30-minute SpaceX rocket ride in 2019

The founder of SpaceX and Tesla Elon Musk revealed his grand plans for another breakthrough at a surprise Q&A session at the annual technology and culture festival in Austin, Texas, as he claimed his project SpaceX's interplanetary spaceship could have its first test flight in the first half of 2019.

According to Elon Musk, we may be heading to Mars as soon as next year, but he has also stated that for those fearless enough to make the journey there's a "good chance you will die". "For the people who go to Mars, it'll be far more unsafe. But there will be some who will, for whom the excitement of frontier and exploration exceeds the danger", he added.

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.

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When questioned about donning the role of the "God-Emperor of Mars" Musk replied that he would rather let the people choose their leader, while he would help in the creation of a simplified law system.

The rocket ship that is expected to eventually get to the Red Planet is the BFR rocket system. "This is a very big booster and ship". Musk reiterated his last note about how risky it's going to be, and admitted again that a lot of people are going to die.

Another big change Musk foresees happening on Mars is the abandonment of a representative democracy in favor of direct democracy, where every person on the colony has one vote rather than using a congress or electoral college. But after this, he promised an "explosion of entrepreneurial opportunity, because Mars will need everything from iron foundries to pizza joints to night clubs".

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Either way, the South African-born engineer conceded, his timeline for launching test flight rockets to Mars is "optimistic".

SpaceX estimates the BFR will enter the Mars atmosphere at 7.5 kilometres per second.

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SpaceX launched the world's most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, last month, sending Mr Musk's red Tesla Roadster vehicle toward an orbit near Mars.

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