Elon Musk: In Seven Years, SpaceX Could Land Humans on Mars
The entrepreneur's updated plan calls for a giant rocket that could send humans to Mars—and possibly the moon—by 2024.
One year after announcing an intrepid plan that he claimed could put a million people on Mars by the 2060s, Elon Musk is fine-tuning his roadmap for putting humans on the red planet.
In a somewhat disjointed presentation at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, on September 29, Musk outlined an edited version of his original scheme. His final vision didn’t change much, but he did highlight revisions to a planned 42-engine rocket Musk has nicknamed the BFR, as well as a vague proposal to pay for that rocket by using it to deliver satellites into orbit and to service the International Space Station.
Plus, in future years, the BFR’s targets may multiply. Musk suggested that the rocket could