Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Research | By Clarence Powell

Mars Rocket Will Fly Short Flights in 2019: Elon Musk

Mars Rocket Will Fly Short Flights in 2019: Elon Musk

What once sounded like science fiction is actually nearing reality as each day passes by and Elon Musk and SpaceX [VIDEO] believe that they could showcase their marvelous reusable rockets in early 2019.

"I think we will be able to do short flights, short up and down flights, probably in the first half of next year".

In a weird end to the interview, Musk was joined on stage by his brother, Kimball, and sang and danced to My Little Buttercup, after a fan asked what his favourite song was from the film The Three Amigos.

The 46-year-old, who has long dreamed of creating a human colony on Mars, revealed in 2017 that he was building the new rocket ship with the code name BFR that would be capable of traveling anywhere on Earth in under an hour. People were also skeptical about the success of this launch as well, yet the Roadster is still drifting through the galaxy playing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" on repeat. Musk plans to start sending the BFR rockets to Mars by 2022 and the first shipment would take cargo to the planet for a test run before convoys of people would be accommodated in the revolutionary rocket. So, it stands to reason that test flights in 2019 would presumably be right on schedule. This isn't the first time Musk shared his admiration for the Chi-Town rapper.

Musk, however, tried to manage the expectations of the SXSW crowd.

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However, he was quick to acknowledge that "Sometimes my timelines are a little... y'know", hinting that missing the ambitious deadline is well within the realm of possibility. The company went down in the history of sciences when they successfully tested a reusable launching system which was meant to make interplanetary travel cost efficient, a vision which was deemed by many as eccentric.

SpaceX launched the world's most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, last month, sending Mr Musk's red Tesla Roadster vehicle toward an orbit near Mars.

Musk's ultimate goal is to colonize Mars, securing a getaway for the human race in the event of a looming apocalyptic scenario.

He said: "I think once we build it we'll have a point of proof. something that other companies and countries can go and do".

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