Big News To Be Officially Announced In September By Elon Musk
Although many details still remain shrouded in mystery, CEO of SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk has hinted that he will conducting a series of missions starting in 2018, leading up to the first crewed mission to the Mars by 2024.
In an on-stage interview at the Code Conference, Musk confirmed that he would announce his architecture for human missions to Mars in September at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.
“The basic game plan is that we’re going to send a mission to Mars with every Mars opportunity from 2018 onwards,” Musk said. “The launches will take place every two to four weeks. That’s quite a high launch cadence, We’re establishing cargo flights to Mars that people can count on. I think if things go according to plan, we should be able to launch people probably in 2024, with arrival in 2025.”
That plan would start with the uncrewed launch of a Dragon spacecraft in 2018 on a Mars landing mission dubbed Red Dragon, which would fly that mission working in cooperation with NASA, who will provide technical expertise but no funding in exchange for data from the spacecraft’s Mars landing attempt.
Musk said that SpaceX would attempt to refly a recovered Falcon 9 first stage within the next three months and that they “plan to refly one of the landed rocket boosters hopefully in about two or three months. We want to start reflying them before the end of the summer.”
Musk didn’t disclose who the customer would be for the first launch of a Falcon 9 with a reused first stage as well as declining to give additional details about the plan, including the “very big rocket” that would launch the crewed vehicles.
“In September, I’ll tell you,” he teased.