Tuesday September 27, 2016

Elon Musk Explains The SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System

SpaceX Founder, CEO, and Lead Designer Elon Musk discussed his plans for a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars and the technical challenges that need to be solved in order to support a long-term presence on the red planet. The folks at Engadget covered the live event and have broken down all the info into easy to digest morsels.

Musk estimated that, using traditional methods, it would cost $10 billion per person to travel to Mars, and he wants that figure to drop to roughly $200,000 per person. Eventually, the cost of a Mars move will be below $100,000, Musk said. A large part of lowering that cost is creating spaceships with reusable parts, Musk said. The ITS' in-orbit refueling stage is crucial to SpaceX's plans, since it lowers fuel expenditures at liftoff and features fully reusable boosters, tankers and ships. Each booster can be used 1,000 times; each tanker 100 times and each ship 12 times.