SpaceX will be landing its Starship rockets on Mars well before 2030, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk tweeted March 22, Report informs referring to Reuters.
Musk, who leads several futuristic companies, including Tesla Inc, Neuralink and Boring Co, said that the “really hard threshold is making Mars Base Alpha self-sustaining.”
A first orbital flight is planned for year’s end. Musk has said that he intends to fly Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa around the moon with the Starship in 2023.
Musk had previously noted the difficulty of the task of building a permanent base for human habitation on Mars and considered this task as a constraining factor in the development of the planet, but he considered flights possible in six years or even four years.
The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) considers this task feasible only in the mid-2030s.