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SpaceX set to reveal interplanetary spaceship

By T.K. Randall
September 20, 2016 · Comment icon 10 comments

What will SpaceX reveal in Mexico next week ? Image Credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann
Despite its recent setback, the private space firm still has its sights set firmly on the future.
Following the catastrophic ( and still unexplained ) loss of one of its Falcon 9 rockets earlier this month, Elon Musk's SpaceX has vowed to continue striving towards its vision of a future in which humans travel, live and work, not only in space, but in colonies on other worlds.

At next week's International Aeronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, Musk is expected to give a talk entitled 'Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species' in which, among other things, he will provide new details about the company's plans to found a human settlement on the planet Mars.

In particular there are hints that he will be discussing a new spacecraft called the Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) which is capable of carrying as many as 100 people to Mars.
The vehicle had previously been called the Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT) however in a recent Tweet, Musk suggested that it was actually capable of going much further than the Red Planet.

"I thought [the conference] would be a good venue to describe what we think would be a good approach, something that would be effective for establishing a city on Mars," he said in April.

"I think it's going to sound pretty crazy, so it should at least be entertaining."

It will certainly be interesting to find out next week exactly what the entrepreneur has up his sleeve.

Source: Observer | Comments (10)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Nnicolette 7 years ago
Comment icon #2 Posted by danielost 7 years ago
what is the reason to set up a colony on mars or the moon? we need to answer this question before we do so.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 7 years ago
Why did humans need to spread out from Africa? Why did we need to colonised every continent on Earth except Antarctica? The reasons are extraordinarily obvious. Because any species which remains confined to a small area is prone to extinction (super-volcanoes, meteorite impacts etc,). Because eventually we will run out of room on the Earth. Because if we are to survive indefinitely as a species we will need to spread from this planet eventually and we are just beginning to develop the capability to do so. The question was answered a long time ago. You need to stop assuming that just because yo... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by Marcin 7 years ago
At the rate we're multiplying, sooner or later we'll turn this planet into real life Coruscant (city-planet from star wars)... In the movie it may work, in reality we'd run out of resources to survive if we're still confined tothis shiny little orb of ours. Our combined disregard for nature in pursuit of money and growth will ruin it to the point of no return. Heh, you can say that in a funny twist - the only way to save this planet from us and our activity - is to settle on some other ones so we can spread outward, easing our impact on this one,repeating the outpour of people from Europe ... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
Somehow I think making more room for use here is only going to increase the rate we fill it back up. Just like when you clean out an area. How long does it take before you have to do it again because you refilled it. The George Carlin routine has a great take on it. "We got rid of our stuff to make room. We have to get more stuff!"
Comment icon #6 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 7 years ago
Given that there are hundreds of billions of inhabitable planets in the galaxy why is this a problem?
Comment icon #7 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
I just think we'll fill the Earth up faster than we can send out colonists. We may run out on nature resource before that,Perhaps asteroid mining will become feasible. With all that's going on in the world, I'm not sure we'll last long enough to "Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before."
Comment icon #8 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 7 years ago
That's not really an argument for not doing it then, more an argument for doing it as quickly as possible... which is exactly what Elon Musk is planning to do.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Marcin 7 years ago
Hypothetically - once the interplanetary travel is on, up and running - space mining will be next (if not first to the mark, considering recent plans), which should provide even more incentives for branching outward. Maybe... one can dream
Comment icon #10 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 7 years ago
A tweet from Elon Musk (@elonmusk), this morning:

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