Elon Musk promised to send the first people to Mars in six years
The head of SpaceX Elon Musk during the presentation of the Axel Springer Prize ceremony said that people will be able to land on Mars in six years.
He noted that under favorable circumstances, the first man will be able to fly to Mars in four years.
“We will try to send a ship there without a command in two years,” Musk added.
In 2019, Musk shared plans to conquer Mars using Starship rockets. He stated that it would take about 20 years to create the first Martian settlement. To do this, the planet will need to deliver "millions of tons" of equipment and resources and involve thousands of Starship ships in the process. At the same time, it will not be possible to carry out launches constantly, since the Earth and Mars approach each other only once every two years.
In order to begin the exploration of Mars, it is necessary to make at least one manned flight to the planet, Musk noted.
At the end of September 2019, SpaceX showed the Starship Mk1. In July this year, the SN5 prototype successfully passed fire tests. In August, he made a successful "jump" of 150 m. In October, the SN8 prototype was fired with three engines running at once. Meanwhile, SpaceX is already planning to build floating spaceports for super-heavy rockets to explore Mars and the Moon.