Elon Musk Teases Images of SpaceX 'Moon Base Alpha' and

Elon Musk Teases Images of SpaceX 'Moon Base Alpha' and

Elon Musk Teases Images of SpaceX 'Moon Base Alpha' and

"If we're building this thing to go to the Moon and Mars then why not go to other places on earth as well", he said. During a speech at the International Astronautical Congress, in Australia, Musk said it would be pressurised to a greater level than an A380 cabin and have 40 cabins (carrying 100 people), large storage areas, and a galley. Animation played on a big screen behind him, showing scores of people getting on a high-speed ferry in NY, then boarding the BFR.

"We can land the ship [BFR] on the moon and return without need for propellant production on the moon", Musk said.

Last year, Musk joked about using Kickstarter and collecting underpants as a way to fund the ITS.

"The most important thing.is that I think we have figured out how to pay for (BFR)", Musk told a packed auditorium at a global gathering of space experts in Adelaide.

The spaceship's journey to Mars would be similar to the ITS's mars mission profile.

SpaceX plans to send two cargo ships to Mars by 2022 to look for water and resources. Now, at the IAC meeting in Adelaide, he has refined his ideas that revolve around his company's tentatively named BFR booster and reusable Mars Transport.

SpaceX isn't the only company with an eye on Mars, though.

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The cost of a Falcon 9 launch is roughly $62 million, according to SpaceX's website, with modest discounts available for contractually committed, multi-launch purchases.

Mr Musk had previously planned to use a suite of space vehicles to support the colonisation of Mars, beginning with an unmanned capsule called Red Dragon in 2018, but he said SpaceX is now focused on a single, slimmer and shorter rocket instead.

SpaceX aims to do 30 launches next year. And his most recent announcement is further proof of that.

Mars is no longer the stuff of science fiction. He revealed this sitting on the Moo just before his presentation regarding colonizing Mars.

"The results are quite interesting", he said as a video showed a simulation of people boarding a rocket in NY that blasted off into space and then came back down to land in Shanghai.

The Tesla powerpacks which make up the facility were manufactured at the company's Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada and were used to power the event at Jamestown on Friday.

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