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Elon Musk wants to preserve humanity in space

Musk brothers Elon Musk wants to preserve humanity in space
Eleanor Moreno | 12 March, 2018, 09:24

"I think we will be able to do short flights, short up and down flights, probably in the first half of next year".

In addition to detailing his lofty ambitions, the SpaceX CEO warned those who are eager to make the journey to the Red Planet there is a "good chance" they could die. "Although sometimes, my timelines are a little, you know." he said to laughter.

He also warned that a colony on Mars wouldn't be an "escape hatch for rich people", but rather a new frontier. "Once we have it, we'll have a sort-of point of proof, something that other countries and companies will go and do", he said.

"For the early people that go to Mars, it will be far more unsafe", he said.

While his projects such as Tesla's Model 3 "affordable" new vehicle have been dogged by delays, he's become the driving force behind a new space race.

"If there's a third world war we want to make sure there's enough of a seed of human civilisation somewhere else to bring it back and shorten the length of the dark ages".

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.


Mr Musk also got divorced, and he said he had to borrow money from his friends to pay his rent.

"I think most likely the form of government on Mars would be a direct democracy, where people vote directly on issues", he said.

"They will start off building a rudimentary base. then this will open up a world of new opportunities, because Mars will need pizza joints, great bars - Mars Bars", he said.

It was Musk's long-range plan for sending settlers to Mars that took up most of the attention.

Repeating concerns he's made in the past with even more vigour, he said a bigger threat to human life was artificial intelligence - not nuclear war. They certainly don't think it's possible, but if we do they'll up their game'.

"AI is far more unsafe than nukes", he said, dismissing the pushback from AI experts who suggested Mr Musk was more interested in controversy than studying the work. And if he doesn't try and get us to Mars, who will?

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