Musk Sees 'Fighting Chance' for Starship Mission to Mars in 2024

James Marshall
October 18, 2020

The launch date for the first test flight of the new spacecraft from Elon Musk SpaceX "SN8" is approaching to rise to a height of 19 kilometers, surpassing previous experiments that did not rise more than 150 meters, and the new experimental model appears slightly differently due to the two additional wings, and will be added to it later The conical apex of the missile when the test flight was successful, to avoid increased losses if the attempt failed According to Tesla Rate.

"I think we have a combat opportunity to create a second Mars transition window", Musk said in a discussion with Robert Zubrin, founder of the Mars Society. NASA, China and the United Arab Emirates all dispatched missions to defaces in July of this current year.

The initial test flights will be hard and carry a high risk of failure, Musk said Friday at a virtual session of the Mars Society's 2020 conference.

If you want to go to Mars, timing is everything, and Elon Musk no longer thinks SpaceX will reach the Red Planet when the next window of opportunity opens in 2022. He said the company could demonstrate its ability to refuel in orbit by 2022, after which it could begin trips to the moon.

"It's not like I have all these secret dates and I'm just keeping them from people", he said.

In any case, SpaceX doesn't have any designs to really manufacture a Mars base. As a transportation company, its sole objective is to transport cargo (and humans) to and from the Red Planet, facilitating the development of someone else's Mars base.

Robert Zubrin, Mars Society founder said during the convention: "SpaceX is taking on the biggest single challenge, which is the transportation system". "This will change people's minds as to what is possible".

In the event that Musk's projections are right - he is known for offering excessively ambitious timetables - SpaceX's first Mars mission would dispatch in the very year that NASA space explorers return of the moon under the Artemis program.

SpaceX hopes for Starship to be used as a commercial spacecraft that will be able to take off and land like an airplane. NASA has selected SpaceX as one of three business teams To develop moon landers for the Artemis program.

Musk said Friday that were it not for the orbital mechanics that require launching Mars every 26 months, SpaceX might have a chance to send or try to send something to Mars in three years, Musk said, adding that Earth and Mars would not be in the best position. "But the window is four years away because they are in different parts of the solar system".

Starship Mk1, which is being assembled at SpaceX's South Texas facility. Both the Starship and its Super Heavy supporter will be reusable.

This year, SpaceX launched two test flights of spacecraft prototypes, called the SN5 and SN6, from the Boca Chica test site in Texas.

SpaceX is now building another Starship prototype, Called SN8, For a 12-mile-high (20 km) test flight in the near future.

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