Elon Musk is one confident son of a bitch.
The billionaire business tycoon is known for his outlandish statements (he’s claimed aliens built the pyramids and that we’ll one day live in a simulation), but his latest comments are based more in fact than fiction. Speaking with Mathias Dopfner, CEO of German publishing house Axel Springer on Zoom, Musk revealed he is ‘highly confident’ his space exploration company, SpaceX, will land humans on Mars by 2026. ‘If we get lucky, maybe four years, Musk continued. ‘We want to send an uncrewed vehicle there in two years.’
Musk is planning on sending humans to the Red Planet in his 165-foot tall rocket ‘Starship’. The spacecraft can carry 100 passengers and will be able to make multiple trips to and from Mars. While testing of the spaceship continues, other factors such as the synchronisation of Earth and Mars, which happens every 26 months, and the advancement of new technologies must be taken into account when planning a trip to Mars.
The SpaceX CEO doesn’t just want to visit Mars though—he and his partner, Grimes, are hoping to establish a colony on the planet’s surface. During the interview, he also mentioned how he wants to ensure the technology is in place to allow ‘a lot of people to go to Mars and make life interplanetary, and to have a base on the moon. I think it’s important that we aspire to have a self-sustainable city on Mars as soon as possible.’
Fingers crossed when Musk eventually makes it to Mars things don’t go tits up like the Martian.
You can keep up to date with Musk’s space exploration via www.spacex.com.