As noted last week, Tesla CEO and Space X mastermind Elon Musk is gunning hard for getting human beings to colonize Mars faster than NASA's timeline would have us there. And today he gave his talk at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, titled "Making Humans an Interplanetary Species," presenting the above simulation of how the dual rocket launch would work the first launch puts the astronauts into a parking orbit, the second launch using the same booster powered by the new Raptor engine which has returned to Cape Canaveral, would send a tanker craft up after the spacecraft to refuel it for its trip to Mars.
Musk estimates that at 62,000 miles per hour, the craft could reach Mars in 80 days. And the company has tweeted out renderings of their Interplanetary Transport System heading for other destinations as well, including Jupiter, and newly-in-the-news moon Europa.
The official website for SpaceX's Mars project is now here.
Interplanetary Transport System is not just for Mars pic.twitter.com/X2uV5moBya— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 27, 2016
During his two-hour presentation, which you can watch in full below, Musk said the project would cost about $10 billion, and the cost of one trip to Mars would be akin to buying a house but are we talking multimillion-dollar San Francisco home, or...?
Also, it's totally unclear so far how anyone would get back from Mars without another mission that would just go to provide fuel? Or maybe they haven't worked out how to carry enough fuel for the return trip as well? As Musk quipped recently, "We put that in the fine print. [But] If you're going to choose a place to die, then Mars is not a bad choice."
Musk believes he'll be sending an unmanned spacecraft to the red planet within two years, and will be sending people there as soon as 2024.