Elon Musk is worried about dying before SpaceX reaches Mars

Hyperaxion Mar 10, 2020

He says the company must “speed up the pace of its progress”, or he “will surely be dead” before they reach Mars.

Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX, Tesla, among other companies, is afraid that he will not live to see SpaceX fulfill his dream of taking humans to Mars. The statement was made during the Satellite 2020 conference in Washington, this Tuesday (9).

“If we don’t speed up our progress, I will certainly be dead before we go to Mars. It took us 18 years just to be ready to take the first people into orbit. We have to accelerate our pace of innovation or, considering past trends, I will certainly be dead before we reach Mars”.

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Musk’s statement contrasts with his optimism in other situations. Previously he made it clear that he intends to have a city with 1 million inhabitants on Mars by 2050. Considering that he is 48 years old, he would have 78 when he put the plan into effect. The deadline is within the life expectancy of an average American citizen, especially a billionaire with access to cutting-edge medicine.

SpaceX was founded on May 6, 2002, and its first flight to reach Earth orbit was the fourth flight of a Falcon 1 rocket in 2008

SpaceX was founded on May 6, 2002, and its first flight to reach Earth orbit was the fourth flight of a Falcon 1 rocket in 2008. Since then, the company has pioneered some achievements: launching, orbiting and recovering a spacecraft; taking a spacecraft to the International Space Station; placing a satellite in geosynchronous orbit; landing the first stage of a rocket on land and at sea and the first company to launch and recover an already used first stage.

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The company is currently preparing for its first manned flight to the ISS with the Demo 2 mission from the Crew Dragon capsule. The launch is scheduled for May 7, although some factors could cause the date to be changed to the second half of May or early April.

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