Mars Ship to Test Flights Next Year, Says Elon Musk

Lloyd Doyle
March 14, 2018

If he and his company can pull it off, Musk will usher in a world where space travel is not only possible, but significantly less expensive. On the same day, he also gave a sobering preview of what the first travelers to Mars will likely have to deal with, including a good chance of death. Musk spoke about the launch of his SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket and introduced a screening of a short film of the event made by Nolan, a longtime friend of Musk's, according to the story. Musk said the flight will cost less than the initial Falcon 1 launch, which cost around $5 to $6 million. There is still no concrete launch date for the BFR rocket system, though we hope to see big things in 2019. Before the company can actually get there, however, the rocket will first need to be built and then tested.

Musk said that "they now don't think it's possible so that if we show them that it is, then I think that they will up their game and they will build interplanetary transport vehicles, as well".

This warning came after a positive declaration: "We are building the first ship, the first Mars or interplanetary ship right now and I think we'll be able to do short flights, short up and down flights, probably in the first half of next year", Musk predicted.

Unfortunately, doing so will require taking risks and perhaps even sacrifice from those who will pioneer the effort.

Musk also called for the regulation of artificial intelligence, calling it more unsafe than nuclear weaponry, and spoke about self-driving vehicles, saying that "by the end of next year, self-driving will encompass all modes of driving and be at least 100 to 200 percent safer than a person. Excitement for those who survive.' That kind of thing", Musk said, via Business Insider.

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