Elon Musk said he has just laid out a new roadmap for the company’s big Mars project. The timeline of the project will take place earlier than many people expected.
Speaking to Time Magazine about SpaceX’s plans to send humans to Mars, Elon Musk said: “Within 5 years, if we don’t land on Mars, then to me that will be a very surprising thing. “.
Voted Person of the Year by TIME magazine, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has big plans with the “Red Planet”. Specifically, he wants to build on this planet hydroponic farms using solar energy. And humans can permanently settle in this place 34 million miles away from Earth.
Elon Musk shared with Time: “In addition, we have another plan of great significance, which is to build a self-sufficient city on Mars, and at the same time bring The creatures and animals on Earth come here to live. No like a future version of Noah’s ark, we want to bring as many creatures here as possible.”
In February of this year, Arizona State University professor and space policy expert Greg Autry told Business Insider: With or without NASA support, at least until 2029, Only Elon Musk can go to Mars.
Other experts in the field of space think that humans may not be able to permanently settle on Mars. In April, Elon Musk himself admitted to the nonprofit Xprize that some astronauts “may die” on the way to Mars.
According to Forbes, Elon Musk is currently the richest person in the world with a total net worth of $247 billion. He is also known for setting unrealistic timelines for the implementation of high-tech advancements.
In 2016, Musk tweeted that Tesla’s fully self-driving cars would be on the market within two years. Similarly, in 2019, he also promised that Tesla will launch 1 million self-driving taxis by 2020. In 2017, Musk founded the Boring company to build high-speed commuter tunnels in cities. big. However, the company appears to have abandoned a project in Chicago and postponed another project near Washington DC and Baltimore.
During an online financial reporting conference last year, Elon Musk admitted: “Completing projects on time is not my strong point.”
Recently valued at $100 billion, SpaceX is a key player in the space race. In April, the company was awarded the exclusive contract by NASA to send US astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972.
However, speaking to Time, Musk said that he is not too important to try to make money with projects from Mars. Instead, he does this largely out of a sense of “fun”, with the primary goal of “creating multi-planetary life and making humanity a space-traveling civilization”.
Since its launch in 2002, SpaceX has redefined sustainability standards in aeronautical engineering. In 2017, SpaceX also became the first company to reuse rockets for a NASA mission. In May of this year, SpaceX also became the first private company to carry out a mission to shuttle astronauts from the International Space Station.
Achieving this is not easy. Notably, SpaceX nearly made Elon Musk bankrupt in 2008 after a series of failed rocket launches. Last month, Musk sent employees a letter saying that SpaceX could be in “real danger of bankruptcy”. But on Monday, he insisted the letter was really just a motivational tactic. “We can’t lose our advantage just because of complacency,” he said.
At SpaceX, there are also many problems.
On Tuesday, in an article in Lioness, Ashley Kosak, a former SpaceX engineer, said she had been sexually harassed during the past four years at the company. “Inequality against women is rampant” at SpaceX, she wrote. She also said that Elon Musk “sees engineers as a resource to exploit, not a team he leads.”
According to The Verge, on Tuesday, at least five former SpaceX employees also spoke out about harassment at the company.
In addition, last month, CNBC also reported that a number of longtime SpaceX employees (including two vice presidents and a senior director) had quit after the company offered to buy shares tied to the calendar. employee purchase option program.
A spokesperson for SpaceX has not yet responded to CNBC Make It’s request for comment.