Elon Musk's Latest Video Reminds the World Why We Love Space

Elon Musk's Latest Video Reminds the World Why We Love Space

SpaceX founder Elon Musk said Sunday that he plans to send a rocket to Mars by 2019.

Musk said he thinks that SpaceX's interplanetary ship will "be able to do short flights, short sort of up and down flights, probably sometime in the first half of next year".

"There are a lot of awful things happening all over the world, all the time".

When asked about the BFR, Musk said, "In the short term, Mars is really about getting the spaceship built, and we're making great progress". Eventually, the rocket will host convoys of people and their belongings.

The ultimate goal of the mission, of course, is a Mars colony.

Also, the Wi-Fi password is "Martians", Musk joked. It's prompted the internet to bestow Musk with the nickname "God-Emperor of Mars". "Most likely, the form of government on Mars would be somewhat of a direct democracy", he said, with settlers having a direct vote on individual issues.

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The Falcon Heavy is SpaceX's most powerful rocket, and is created to take payloads to deep space, such as a future Mars mission.

Musk spoke at length about his role as an entrepreneur with SpaceX and electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc, his concerns about advancements in artificial intelligence ("It scares the hell out of me") and the need to put a price on carbon emissions in order to develop a sustainable energy system.

He added it should be "easier to get rid of a rule than to put one in" as he detailed what life could be like on another planet. It leads to a "hardening of the artery of the civilization", he said.

"Mars will need everything from iron foundries to pizza joints to nightclubs. A Mars bar", he said to laughs. (Nothing, except for Tesla.) What is his biggest mistake?

SpaceX's BFR rocket system is considered to be the successor to Falcon Heavy, and it's current design would use a total of 37 Raptor engines (31 on the booster rocket, and 6 on the spacecraft) that could possibly deliver twice the boost of a Saturn V rocket.

Musk admitted as much about his habit of blowing through deadlines with a sarcastic comment from the SXSW stage. "People have told me that my timelines have historically been optimistic", the SpaceX and Tesla CEO teased - according to Mashable.

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