To infinity and beyond
Ever dreamt of walking on the moon and meeting martians on mars? Well, your dreams just might be coming true after the events of the IAC.
The International Astronautical Congress 2017 (IAC) held in Adelaide, Australia,is usually a very exciting eventfor those devoted to science and all things space-related.
On the final day, Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, electrified the audience by revealing what his company had been working on.
Musk went on stage to give a presentation on SpaceX’s new BFR project. This new is going to change intra planetary travel as we know it as the craft will be able to travel 27,000 km (18,000mi) per hour.
What could be better you ask? Musk also plans to use this technology to take the exploration of space to a whole new level.
Currently, SpaceX has three crafts – Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and Dragon. But with the development of BFR, they can make a single booster and ship, focusing all their material on one project, rather than three.
Besides launching satellites, space telescopes, clearing up debris in space, and making SpaceX’s outer space ventures less expensive, the BFR will also be capable of transporting material to the International Space Station.
But that’s not even the best part. Musk also confirmed that with this new creation, human beings will finally be able to set up colonies on other planets.
It’s 2017. We should have a lunar base by now.
Musk revealed that the BFR will be able to carry up to 100 people and the payload bay will be eight stories tell, make it possible for all the equipment required to be taken.
His first aim with this new venture, is to set up a base of operations on the moon.
Setting foot on the red planet.
Of course, his ambitions don’t end there. The aim of SpaceX is to explore Mars and Musk even shared a plan for a magnificent Martian city during his presentation.
He intends to start building the first craft with the ability to go to Mars before the end of the next nine months. The first goal is to get two cargo ships to Mars by 2022.
If things work out, SpaceX will be dispatching astronauts to Mars on a pair of fully crewed BFRs. They will be sent with more equipment and supplies.
Their first task as early settlers will be to build a fuel plant to supply the colony that will be built soon after.
Next, multiple landing pads will be constructed. The process to transform Mars into a planet resembling Earth (terraforming) and to build an urban community will then begin.
Musk has himself acknowledged that these ideas might be ‘aspirational’. But with his penchant for bold ideas, and achieving the impossible, he might actually take us where no human has gone before..