ELON Musk has ambitious goals to send people to Mars as early as 2024 as he continues to develop his SpaceX rockets.
We explain when the Falcon Heavy is due to go to Mars again, if he plans on going himself and when will his moon missions start.
When will Elon Musk’s SpaceX rockets go to Mars?
The Falcon Heavy was launched on February 6, 2018 and it has the highest payload capacity of any operational launch vehicle.
The cherry red Tesla Roadster that was attached to the rocket made it past Mars’ orbit according to a tweet from SpaceX on November 2, 2018.
This has paved the way for further test flights to the Red Planet and the next Falcon Heavy launch is scheduled for March 2019.
The SpaceX “Big F****g Rocket” will be able to fly 100 people at a time to live on Mars, Musk has claimed.
He says that low altitude tests can begin as early as this year to ahead of its first human trips to Mars in 2024.
In December, he shared a photo of the giant metal sections of the BFR.
It shows a large nose cone and another section with what appear to be landing legs for the reusable spaceship.
Musk captioned it: “Stainless Steel Starship.”
Musk plans on launching Mars-bound cargo flights as early as 2022 and the first crewed flight will hopefully take place in 2024.
He recently responded to a fan on Twitter who asked when humans would colonise the Red Planet.
Will Elon Musk go to Mars himself?
The billionaire tech mogul has admitted he will likely live on Mars and that there is a “good chance” he could die along the way.
In November 2018, Musk said on HBO’s Axios: “I know exactly what to do. I’m talking about moving there.”
When asked what the likelihood is that he will go to Mars he said: “70 per cent.”
When will the moon missions start?
In September, Musk announced that the first mission to the moon will start as early as 2023.
He also shared that the first person to go to the moon in the BFR will be Japanese Entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa.
Maezawa purchased all the seats that are aboard the BFR.
It wasn’t revealed how much the billionaire art collector paid but, Musk said “He has made a significant deposit on the price, which is a significant price.”
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“He puts his money where his mouth is.”
Yusaku told a thrilled conference in California: “I thought long and hard how valuable it would to become the first private passenger to go to the Moon.
“I thought about how this could contribute to world peace. This is my lifelong dream.”
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