In what seems to be a not so believable idea, SpaceX founder Elon Musk has shared his grand plan for establishing a human settlement on Mars. It would not be wrong to say that this is the most exciting and maybe even anticipated aerospace announcement of the year. Musk thinks it will be possible to begin shuttling thousands of people between earth and our small, redder neighboring planet sometime within the next decade or so. According to a dissertation wring service, not very long after that, around 40 or a hundred years later, mars could become a colony of about a million people, which means it will be a self-sustaining city with people surviving there as they do on earth.
Speaking at the International Astronautical Congress, Musk said that it is not about everyone moving to mars but taking one step towards becoming a multi-planetary. He believes it is about minimizing existential risk and having a great sense of adventure too. His plans seem to be ambitious, and the timeline that he has given will be closely followed as this is something that he has eagerly acknowledged.
According to Musk, the technical outline of the plan is right. However, many people are skeptical about his statement about taking the people to mars, settling a city there, and making all this work out in the next ten years. The former chief technologist at NASA is not sure how things would shape up as he says that no one can predict what will happen in a hundred years and if they will be able to do things as they are planning them now.
According to Musk, it will take about 1,000 spaceships and a million tons of vitamin C to make life possible and sustainable on Mars. The creation of a self-sustaining city is important to live on mars and make life easy. Living on Mars must be independent of supplies coming from earth because if these supplies were to cut off due to any other reason, life would come to a halt, and people would die.
Musk has even gone to the extent of comparing the journey to Mars to a long sea voyage, in which everything is needed, to make it work and reach the end, so before heading out to begin life on Mars, taking along everything would be significant for survival.
Unveiling his plans for establishing a color on Mars, Musk says that the goal of the Starship transportation system to Mars will be to launch each of SpaceX’s reusable Starship rockets about three times per day, on average, while carrying a 100-ton payload on each flight, with roughly 1,000 flights per year carrying more than 100 tons of cargo on each flight. At that rate, Musk estimates, each Starship rocket would make roughly 1,000 flights per year, launching a total of 100,000 tons of cargo into orbit. Not only this, these 1,000 Starships could send “maybe around 100k people per Earth-Mars orbital sync,” Musk added; this would be the time, after every 26 months, when Earth’s and Mars’ orbits are best aligned for an interplanetary journey.
Many people have called this idea bizarre and consider it to be nothing more than a fancy rich man’s idea. The main idea behind what Musk is saying or doing all this is that he believes that the future of humanity is fundamentally going to bifurcate and it will take some direction; either humankind will become a multiplanet species and spacefaring civilization, or we will remain stuck on one planet until some extinct event that will wipe us out. Musk is very excited and inspired about the future and wants to do something that will work and benefit humanity, and settling a city on Mars is part of the plan. He considers the idea of shifting to Mars the first option for spacefaring a civilization.
Not only Musk has thought about taking people to the planet and setting up home there, but he has also thought in detail about how other things would work on Mars too. He has tweeted that there will be lots of jobs on mars; there will be a direct democracy, which means people would make their decisions themselves. If things work according to plans, there will less complicated laws on Mars, with an outdoorsy, fun atmosphere.
This idea might seem fuzzy, and the timeline might not work out as he has pointed out, but at the rate, technology is advancing, the time is not away when humans would begin flying to Mars by the middle of the 2020s. Right now, Musk is busy with his SpaceX engineers who are working hard day and night to build his Starship system.