Elon Musk has expressed his doubts that SpaceX will manage to get to Mars in his lifetime.
The billionaire was speaking at an event in Washington yesterday and reportedly arrived 40 minutes late because he had come directly from working at SpaceX’s test facility in Boca Chica, Texas.
‘If we don’t improve our pace of progress, I’m definitely going to be dead before we go to Mars,” Musk told the Satellite 2020 conference audience members.
‘If it’s taken us 18 years just to get ready to do the first people to orbit, we’ve got to improve our rate of innovation or, based on past trends, I am definitely going to be dead before Mars.’
Getting to Mars is the foundational goal of SpaceX, the private company that Musk created in 2002.
He has long advocated that humanity must become a multi-planetary species in order to survive in the future.
The 50 metre-tall Starship will one day fly atop a booster called the Super Heavy and take astronauts to the moon as well as the Red Planet. Musk hopes to send a Mk3 version of Starship into space sometime this year, propelled by the mega-powerful Super Heavy.
‘This is the most inspiring thing I’ve ever seen,’ Musk previously told an audience at Boca Chica.
Of course, as well as SpaceX Musk is also currently overseeing electric car company Tesla and the bold Starlink plan which is launching thousands of satellites into orbit in a bid to provide internet to everyone.
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