elon musk unveils spaceX’s moon base alpha and mars city plans

elon musk unveils spaceX’s moon base alpha and mars city plans

spaceX founder and CEO elon musk reveals his plans to establish a moon base and a colonization city on mars within the next decade. presented at the international astronautical congress (IAC) in adelaide, australia, the astronomic project also involves a BFR spacecraft that proposes hypersonic passenger travel and much cheaper and larger payloads being launched around earth.

elon musk unveils spaceX’s moon base alpha and mars city plans
the first wave of mars settlers settlers will be sent to the red planet by 2024
all images courtesy of spaceX



spaceX’s plans crucially encompass a spacecraft codenamed the BFR (big f*cking rocket), which hopes to be launched in 2022 and then to mars by 2024. the system enlarges the recyclable philosophy of their ‘falcon 9’ rocket to offer more capacity and power – a maximum speed of 18,000 mph. with relatively low fuel costs and then fully reuseable rockets, the price for flights drop dramatically. it is claimed that long-distance commuting could be completed in just 30 minutes, where passengers could get anywhere on earth in under an hour.

elon musk unveils spaceX’s moon base alpha and mars city plans
an artist’s impression of the mars colonization



said to hold around 100 passengers, spaceX’s BFR will offer the capacity to establish a moon base, as well as a colony city on mars. by 2024, four of these spacecrafts – two of which will be for crews – will be sent to the red planet. the settlers will have to set up the base to prepare for future waves and thus future expansion. the rockets will also provide cargo for the international space station and a new lunar station in the preceding years.

elon musk unveils spaceX’s moon base alpha and mars city plans
the BFR will provide cargo for a new moon base


elon musk unveils spaceX’s moon base alpha and mars city plans
as well as materials and crew for the ISS


elon musk unveils spaceX’s moon base alpha and mars city plans
a rendering of the BFR’s launch and deployment


elon musk unveils spaceX’s moon base alpha and mars city plans
the spacecraft builds upon the recyclable design of spaceX’s flacon 9


elon musk unveils spaceX’s moon base alpha and mars city plans
the new rocket is larger in capacity and power

  • A place with no atmosphere would be wonderful to vacation and raise children. I can’t imagine why everybody would not want the leave the Earth for such a welcoming destination. Jeez!

    (another government-funded make-work project with no practical results required – everybody retires with benefits)


    JimCan says:
  • In the realm of ideas and forward thinking, more Musk, less (or no) Trump. Exploring other stellar places should certainly not mean giving up on maintaining and improving earth’s habitability. Musk is a leader here, as well.

    Michael Lehman says:
  • @JimCan, SpaceX is a privately owned company with private investors. Google is one of the more recognizable. Detecting undue cynicism.

    Wesley Blackburn says:
  • Can someone please guide me in the right direction to find out what we are looking for on Mars?
    Or is this just to learn how to live interplanetary? until we do find a great planet? Baby steps.

    Very cool to say the least, i’ll ask my sons what they think about it.

    Mick says:
  • We didn’t need to go to the moon either, but the push to do so enabled so many other technical and scientific advances here on earth. I say shoot for Jupiter… and beyond.

    Billy says:
  • Mick, good question. Your posited answer is the one that I have in mind. Kinda — it’s cool, challenging, and why not. And, we might along the way discover the next Tang or Velcro.

    James says:
  • Don’t forget the Mars Land Rover is still on Mars somewhere and out of power. Since it’s landing, it has not gained interest of any alien spacecraft. Any life forms out there we dare say? Probably not in this solar system or galaxy anyhow. Pretty sure someone or something is out there.

    Tony says:
  • What is the value of sending people to Mars rather then sending remotes? Mars gravity is to low for human habitation the medical effects of low gravity have been already proven on the ISS, can you imagine being born in 1/3 of the gravity of Earth, once born on the moon you can only visit planets with lower or equal gravity.

    Syner says:

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