Since I was a young child Mars held a special fascination for me. It was so close and yet so faraway. I have never doubted that it once had advanced life and still has remnants of that life now. I am a dedicated member of the Mars Society,Norcal Mars Society National Space Society, Planetary Society, And the SETI Institute. I am a supporter of Explore Mars, Inc. I'm a great admirer of Elon Musk and SpaceX. I have a strong feeling that Space X will send a human to Mars first.
Elon Musk made a surprise appearance at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference on Sunday where he revealed during a Q&A that his company SpaceX’s Mars rocket could be ready for test flights as soon as next year.
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.
“I can tell you that we are building the first ship, the first Mars interplanetary ship right now,” Musk told a crowd at the conference in Austin, Texas. “And I think we’ll be able to do short flights, sort of up-and-down flights, probably some time in the first half of next year,” he said.
Musk was referring to SpaceX’s next-generation BFR rocket system that will be capable of interplanetary space travel while also being completely reusable if the project is successful.
However, he joked that the timelines for his projects tended to be a little ambitious, prompting laughter from the audience.
A single launch of the BFR would only cost around $5 to $6 million, making it cheaper per flight than even the Falcon I, SpaceX’s first rocket, which was designed to simply launch satellites into Earth’s orbit.