Credit: Elon Musk/SpaceX

 

This week at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, SpaceX CEO and Lead Designer Elon Musk provided an update to his 2016 presentation regarding the long-term technical challenges that need to be solved to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars.

Credit: Elon Musk/SpaceX

 

Moon, Mars, Earth-to-Earth

Musk spotlighted his “BFR” plans, a vehicle capable of transporting satellites to orbit, crew and cargo to the space station and completing missions to the Moon and Mars.

Credit: Elon Musk/SpaceX

 

 

 

Also, the SpaceX BFR will be capable of taking people from any city to any other city on Earth in under one hour.

Credit: Elon Musk/SpaceX

 

 

 

“In Musk we Trust,” responded one viewer. “Maybe this presentation will be for Mars, what Kennedy’s speech was for the Apollo program,” said another.

Credit: Elon Musk/SpaceX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources

To view the Musk presentation, go to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=17&v=S5V7R_se1Xc

Go to SpaceX masterplan for Mars video at:

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/913634039545847808

Go to BFR – Earth to Earth video at:

https://youtu.be/zqE-ultsWt0

For an expert review of Elon Musk’s talk go to this Australian Science Channel analysis straight after his SpaceX presentation.

Joining host and astronomer Alan Duffy is Adam Gilmour, CEO of Aussie space start up Gilmour Space Technologies, Michael Lopez-Alegria, NASA astronaut, and Beth Jens, propulsions engineer.

Go to:

https://www.facebook.com/RiAus/videos/10155810461416462/

Lastly, a critique of the SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System and Colonizing Mars by Robert Zubrin, leader of the Mars Society, is available here at:

http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/colonizing-mars

 

 

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