On Friday, in a series of tweets, Elon Musk shared his thoughts on mankind’s journey to Mars.
SpaceX starship orbital, Musk’s own dream ship for the planetary expedition haven’t even reached the prototype stage. But that doesn’t stop Musk from crunching numbers for the great journey.
Building 100 Starships/year gets to 1000 in 10 years or 100 megatons/year or maybe around 100k people per Earth-Mars orbital sync
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 17, 2020
Musk’s vision is to build 100 starships per year to send around 100,000 people Earth to Mars when the two planets align favorably for faster transport. The entire discussion started when Elon tweeted suggesting that Megatons of resources need to be sent to orbit for life to become multi-planetary.
Every 26 months, the distance between Earth and Mars becomes closest. Musk wants to use this window to transport 100,000 people to Mars from Earth’s orbit. All these people will be sent to orbit using the starship orbital. Musk also hopes that in 10 years building 100 starships each year will expand to 1000 per year.
When a twitter responded by asking if Musk planned to land a million humans on Mars by 2050 his response was a “yes”. Musk also went on to tell us that there will be plenty of jobs available on Mars for everyone. When asked who the first set of Mars travelers will be, Musk tweeted, “Needs to be such that anyone can go if they want, with loans available for those who don’t have money.” So perhaps you could pay off your SpaceX loans with a sweet terraforming gig.
Musk thoughts go beyond the realm ambitious target. If somehow Musk and his company pull this off it will be nothing sort of a Miracle.