Elon Musk: SpaceX will take humans to Mars within 5 to 10 years

It is feasible that humans may arrive on Mars within the next five years at the earliest, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk declared today.

This morning, podcaster Lex Fridman sat down with Tesla's CEO Elon Musk to interview. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk spent 10 seconds thinking before replying to a question about when the business plans to achieve a human landing on Mars.

"Rocket engineering" was one of the considerations, Musk claimed to Friedman. According to him, the work essentially consists of developing the vehicle itself. Starship, after all, is the most technologically advanced and intricate rocket ever constructed. "It is on another level entirely."

According to him, a lower cost per ton in orbit and, ultimately, on Mars is the goal of Starship's fundamental optimization.

According to SpaceX's website, Musk referred to the SpaceX Starship, which is "built to transport both humans and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars and beyond. With our "most powerful launch vehicle ever developed," we're on our way. As much as 100 metric tonnes of the payload will be possible."

To Elon Musk, it always takes five years.

In the past, Musk has offered several dates for SpaceX's arrival and landing on Mars. In an interview with the audio networking app Clubhouse in February, Musk claimed that SpaceX's human-crewed interplanetary spacecraft would arrive on Mars in roughly "five and a half years."

During a tweet in March, Musk stated that SpaceX would land an interplanetary spacecraft on Mars by 2030.

In an interview with Time magazine earlier this month, Musk also stated: "I would be amazed if we do not land on Mars within five years."

Some observers believe that SpaceX's progress won't be smooth enough until 2026 for the last three launch opportunities. As a consequence, the landing on Mars may take longer than predicted.

Musk has finally chosen to build 1,000 interplanetary spacecraft rockets after considerable thought. It is time for SpaceX to launch three times a day and deliver 1 million people to Mars.

As for the current circumstances, the fifth high-altitude test flight of Starship was carried out in May. It will also be the first private lunar exploration when a fly-by mission in 2023. On the other hand, the route to Mars is more complicated. According to Musk, the price of a six-month voyage to Mars and constructing a permanent base on the planet remain the most significant barriers.

FAA delays completion of Starship environmental review

The FAA expects that SpaceX's Boca Chica, Texas, facility's orbital flights of the Starship spaceship would take at least two months to complete their environmental review.

As previously revealed on December 28, the FAA's environmental study of SpaceX's plans to launch its Starship/Super Heavy rocket into orbit from their Boca Chica facility, dubbed Starbase, had not been completed by the anticipated deadline December 31. Obtaining an FAA launch license for such launches involves the completion of a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) (PEA).

The FAA has announced a modification to the schedule due to the volume of feedback received on the Draft PEA, discussions, and engagement activities with consultative parties. On February 28, 2022, FAA plans to release the final PEA.

In September, the initial report, given in September to the public, attracted more than 18,000 replies. Officials at SpaceX have claimed the company is reacting to public concerns. Still, they haven't provided any other details on the investigation into the statements. Thousands of people turned up for two open forums on SpaceX's goals in October.

Consultations with numerous government agencies are part of the environmental review process. According to the FAA, subjects being considered include preserving historical sites and the conservation of endangered species.

An FAA launch license for Starship/Super Heavy orbital launches from Boca Chica will be postponed until the environmental analysis can be completed. With a launch license issued at the end of 2021, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk estimated that the first orbital launch would occur in January or February 2022.

However, even if the environmental study and licensing procedures are finished as initially intended, it is questionable whether SpaceX would be ready for an orbital launch attempt within that timescale. According to Musk's statement in November, the Starship spaceship and its Super Heavy rocket were intended to undertake "a lot of testing" in December. However, experiments such as static fires have not yet taken place.

A further extension to the existing deadline of February 28 is not ruled out. Spaceport Camden, a proposed launch site in Georgia, was given a spaceport license by the FAA on December 20 following months of delays in an environmental evaluation for the project.

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