From Space Force to space flights, where will the next generation soar? In 2017, tech giant Elon Musk announced that his company SpaceX would send humans to Mars by 2024. According to the Mars One website, 100 candidates of the 202,000 people who applied remain in the application process. But in a recent interview, Musk said he wasn’t sure whether he’d be aboard or not.
Daily Digit is the story behind the numbers that make our world work. Today we’re looking into the not-so-distant future, just six years from now, when SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says the company will send its first manned missions to Mars. SpaceX has been sending unmanned rockets into orbit since 2012, but the private aerospace company has its eyes set on sending the first humans to the Red Planet in 2024. To get there, Musk proposes a new, larger, and completely reusable style of spacecraft he calls the Big F***ing Rocket, or BFR for short. Theoretically, the BFR could have a major effect on international travel in addition to interplanetary exploration: Musk says the technology could reduce the London to Tokyo travel time to a mere 34 minutes.
“Are you prepared to die? If that’s okay, then you’re a candidate for going,” billionnaire tech dreamer Elon Musk told a convention while outlining his plans to make travel to Mars a reality.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is “deeply disappointed” after a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launchpad, destroying Facebook’s first satellite. The Amos 6 telecommunications satellite would have provided free internet coverage to remote areas in sub-Saharan Africa as part of Facebook’s Internet.org initiative. Elon Musk’s space company confirmed that the launchpad explosion was the result of an as yet undisclosed ‘anomaly’ on the launchpad, rather than a problem with the rocket itself.
Eccentric tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has revealed plans for a ‘cargo route’ to Mars ahead of his plan to land humans on the red planet in 2025. The SpaceX and Tesla boss intends to begin unmanned flights to Mars in 2018, with subsequent flights taking place roughly every two years. Speaking to The Washington Post, Musk compared the mission to the journey undertaken by colonists who crossed the Atlantic Ocean to settle in America.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk has announced plans to send a manned mission to Mars within the next decade. The business magnate told the Code Conference that while there is currently no way of getting humans back from the red planet, it isn’t too far off from becoming a reality. Musk’s grand plans are to build cities on Mars, and SpaceX will need to develop huge rockets to transport people and hardware there.
Space X plans to be the first private company to land on Mars with its Dragon spacecraft as early as 2018, says billionaire CEO Elon Musk. The news was unveiled in a tweet reading: “Planning to send Dragon to Mars as soon as 2018. Red Dragons will inform overall Mars architecture, details to come”.
A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship has successfully docked at the International Space Station delivering vital supplies, scientific experiments and an inflatable room prototype. Launched on Friday (8 April), the unmanned spacecraft finally reached the ISS on Sunday (10 April) where it was captured by British astronaut Tim Peake using the orbiting laboratory’s robotic arm. “Looks like we caught a dragon”, Peake radioed to mission control after bagging the supply ship.
A group of 20 mice are set to blast off to the International Space Station this week aboard a SpaceX supply rocket. Due to launch into orbit on 8 April on a SpaceX Dragon cargo ship, the mice will be used to help investigations into the physical health of astronauts on long-term space missions to Mars and beyond. Depending on the results, the drugs could later be used in human trials and could even be used for future space missions to maintain crew members’ physical health.
Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk is considering the development of an electric aircraft that has the ability to take off vertically like a rocket.