The latest reports hints towards the possibility that SpaceX will be starting its Mars mission by fall this year.
“The company is looking further ahead, to Mars and beyond, and could unveil its plan to do so as soon as September 2016,” said Elon, as reported by CNN Money. “The IAC takes place in Guadalajara, Mexico, from September 26 to 30, and it would appear Musk wants to unveil his super-heavy rocket and spacecraft for a Mars mission at the event.”
Besides, Elon also said that he is planning to launch its first spacecraft to Mars by 2025. The CEO’s statement has created a buzz that the private company would be able to send people to Mars with costs lower than that of NASA.
Also, the chief officer spoke about the tough situations and challenges that his employees will face on the Mars mission. “Going to Mars is definitely going to be hard and dangerous and difficult in every way you can imagine,” said Musk, reported Wired. “But if you care about being safe and comfortable, going to Mars would be a terrible choice.”
With the talks about the Mars mission, Musk also revealed that the company is planning to launch its failed “Falcon 9” mission again in the next month to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.
Earlier in 2015, SpaceX’s spacecraft carrying regular supplies crashed just two minutes after takeoff, which was a major setback for the company. But recent reports claim that the aeronautics organization has fixed the problem and is ready to send the carrier craft to the space station.
“SpaceX’s return to the ISS is targeted for Friday, April 8 at 4:43PM Eastern,” reported PopSci. “The Dragon capsule will carry up supplies and science experiments–including, notably, a test version of Bigelow’s inflatable space habitat.” Also, the carrier spacecraft is expected to return back in May with biological samples from the space station, which would help to determine the health effects of long-term spaceflight.
Meanwhile, there are reports that the 44-year-old engineer is also planning to build up new generation of spacecraft and reusable rockets.
“We’ll have a next generation rocket and spacecraft beyond the Falcon-Dragon series, and I’m hoping to describe that architecture later this year at the International Astronautical Congress,” said Musk, as reported by Fool.