1,000 Starships and 20 Years Needed to Build Sustainable City on Mars, Elon Musk Says. Tesla's Cybertruck To Be Unveiled This Month.
To Mars and Beyond: Elon Musk had shed more light on his plans to make human beings an interplanetary species. The SpaceX CEO has championed plans for colonising Mars for a long time now, and this week, addressing questions on comments he made at an earlier US Air Force start-up pitch day event, he unveiled more details and a timeline for the same.
In order to make a “self-sustaining city on Mars” a reality, Musk said SpaceX would need to build and fly around 1,000 Starships (at $2mn per Starship flight). This space armada could be tasked with transporting cargo, infrastructure and personnel to the Red Planet over the course of two decades. This time frame takes into consideration the fact that planetary alignment allows for a realistic Mars flight only once every two years.
Starship is being designed to maximum reuse – ideally, it would be able to carry out three flights per day. That amounts to over 1,000 flights per year per Starship. Considering that they can carry as much as 100 tons each, SpaceX would be able to launch more than 10mn tons to orbit every year. (To put that in perspective, all cargo-bearing spacecraft currently in operation have total payload capacity of just 500 tons per year.) TechCrunch
FYI: In case you’ve been wondering when Tesla will be revealing its pickup truck, which was talked up in June, you need only wait two weeks more. Musk recently tweeted that Cybertruck will be unveiled on November 21. Endgadget
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