SpaceX Mars Rocket Will Begin Test Flights as Early as 2019

Sunday, 11 March 2018 - 5:55PM
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Sunday, 11 March 2018 - 5:55PM
SpaceX Mars Rocket Will Begin Test Flights as Early as 2019
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SpaceX has made its Mars aspirations very clear over the past couple years, and they appear to be on track to meet those aspirations sooner than expected.

Eccentric billionaire and SpaceX founder Elon Musk broke the news during his appearance at the South By Southwest festival this past weekend (he appears to be a big fan of Westworld), claiming that the SpaceX Mars rocket is making steady progress, and will very likely be making short test flights starting next year.

Considering Musk has said in the past that he believes SpaceX will send a rocket all the way to Mars by 2022, some early tests in 2019 would be a great sign that those goals can be met. After the Falcon Heavy test flight ended so successfully, SpaceX is pushing forward on those plans, which include sending humans to Mars by 2024.




Assuming the Tesla that Musk launched into space aboard the Falcon Heavy doesn't actually reach the Red Planet, this rocket would be one of the first commercial objects (i.e. not sent by NASA or other government space agencies) to reach Mars. Musk admitted that his timelines tended to lean optimistic, although he maintains his confidence in them and said the following at SXSW:

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"I think we will be able to do short flights, short up and down flights, probably in the first half of next year. This is a very big booster and ship."
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The rocket intended to make this voyage isn't the Falcon 9 or even the Falcon Heavy rocket, but a newer model that SpaceX is still putting together called the BFR - officially short for "Big Falcon Rocket", but since the name was partly inspired by Doom's BFG weapon, it's probably not unintentional if you first saw that acronym a different way.



Beyond simply talking SpaceX, Musk also explained his many fears about the world's future, as artificial intelligence grows more advanced and continues to go unregulated. And with encroaching climate change and a potential World War III as international peace grows shaky, he believes humans may need to travel to Mars to keep themselves alive.

Granted, there's no reason why we won't end up doing the same things on Mars, but hopefully we'll know better by then.
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