SpaceX founder Elon Musk believes that the first man will be able to land on Mars in six years. Under favorable conditions, this could happen in four years, he added.
“With a high degree of probability, I think within six years. If we are lucky, then maybe in four years ”, - answered Mr. Musk when asked about a possible landing on Mars, speaking at the Axel-Springen award ceremony. He noted that SpaceX will try to send a ship there without a team in two years.
In June, Musk announced that SpaceX intends to create a floating offshore platform on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Texas to launch rockets to the Moon and Mars. Then he explained that super-heavy rockets would be launched from spaceports for flights to the Moon, Mars and for hypersonic flights on Earth, adding that test flights would begin in two or three years.
In November last year, Musk said that to build a settlement that can independently function on Mars, about a thousand Starship ships and at least 3 million tons of resources and equipment will be required. Each launch will cost SpaceX about $ 2 million. He noted that Earth and Mars approach each other at a distance sufficient for flights every two years. Therefore, it will take about 20 years to deliver goods.