SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has announced that his company will launch its first uncrewed mission to Mars in 2024.
The billionaire businessman said that they have a fighting chance of making that second Mars transfer window. The aforesaid window is a launch opportunity towards the Red Planet that arises every 26 months.
It is essential to note that the United Arab Emirates (UAE), NASA, and China have launched missions to Mars in July 2020 and the next window will open in 2022.
Musk added that SpaceX would have a shot of sending or trying to send something to Mars in three years if the mission timings didn’t depend on the orbital mechanics that call for Mars launches every 26 months.
SpaceX will launch its Mars Mission on a Starship rocket, which is a reusable rocket-and-spacecraft combo which is being developed at the company’s South Texas facility.
The company is planning to use Starship for missions to the moon beginning in 2022 as well as point-to-point trips around the Earth, per Zee News.
Musk believed that humans need to establish a permanent and self-sustaining presence on Mars to ensure the continuance of consciousness as just in case, some nuclear war or asteroid strike leave Earth uninhabitable.
As of now, SpaceX has no plans of building a Mars base but as mentioned is ready to build a permanent human settlement on the Red Planet.
As a transportation company, their primary goal is to ship cargo (and humans) to and from the Red Planet. By doing so SpaceX will be facilitating the development of someone else’s Mars base.
During the virtual rendezvous, Zubrin said that SpaceX has taken the biggest single challenge any transportation company has taken on yet and it would be an achievement in itself if SpaceX can launch the Starship in the stratosphere before the end of this year. He added that it would be an even bigger accomplishment if the rocket reaches orbit next year or the year after.