SpaceX boss Elon Musk tweets have set for landing on Mars 2029 as the year humans by his company’s Starship rocket.
The tech billionaire had hoped to carry out the first crewed missions to the Red Planet in 2024 or 2026. However, it delayed the development of the next-generation spacecraft.
The delays are due to Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin lawsuit against NASA for awarding SpaceX a multi-million dollar contract to develop the Starship as a lunar lander and Musk’s decision to refocus his priorities on the project of space Internet Starlink after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
SpaceX has already reached several milestones in its attempts to build a multiplanetary rocket capable of carrying humans and cargo around the Solar System. It is recently stacking the main craft aboard a Super Heavy rocket at its facility in Texas.
When combined with its booster, Starship will be capable of launching up to 150 tons of payload into orbit, making it the most powerful rocket ever built.
Starship expected its first orbital flight test to take place in the next month, taking it on a 90-minute journey from Starbase to a landing site just off the coast of Hawaii.
They conducted several high-altitude flight tests of Starship. However, only one of them ended with the rocket landing in one piece.
The biggest hurdle is ensuring the rapid reusability of the Starship, which Musk says is critical to achieving his goal of transforming humanity into a multi-planetary species.
Musk asked during a Starship event last month that if planes weren’t reusable, how much would a plane ticket cost? He claimed the flights could cost as little as a few million dollars, which he called insanely low by standards of today.
The ultimate goal is to establish a permanent colony on Mars by 2050. Musk recently suggested that crewed missions would begin before 2030.
In response to a question on Twitter late Wednesday, Musk tweets a more concrete date for mars landing on 2029.
Last month, the SpaceX boss shared an animation of what such a trip could look like, showing the booster that puts the main Starship into orbit before landing on Earth.
The spacecraft then docks with a resupply station around Earth before continuing its seven-month journey to Mars.