Elon Musk, the billionaire founded of Tesla and SpaceX just laid out his plans for reaching Mars, in the form of a new rocket ship called the Interplanetary Transport System, or ITS.
This unveiling was done at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Guadalajara, Mexico where Musk explained his vision for commercial trips to the red planet.
Under his vision, the ITS will become operational by year 2025, around which it will begin carrying 100 passengers at a time on an 80 day trip to Mars.
To make this trip possible, the ITS will feature a reusable booster rocket, which will launch the passenger spaceship module into orbit, where the module will separate from the booster rocket, which will then returns to Earth.
Once back, the rocket will pick up a propellant tanker which will be used to fuel the spaceship in orbit. This fuel, along with a wide solar array will make sure that the passengers reach their destination.
As you can see, this is certainly a very different, and a lot more complicated approach that what NASA is considering in regards to the Mars Mission.
Since the system is so extensive, the cost of building it will be equally exorbitant, with Musk estimating the final budget to be around $10 billion.
Musk hopes that his goodwill and the profits from his various ventures will encourage the government to partner with him in building this ambitious project.
While we can’t really predict whether this plan will come to fruition or not, but if we are to take his word for it, then we aren’t too far away from our very own Mars colony.
So, if you are one of those people who dream about a trip to Mars, then start saving up, because it will cost you around $500,000 per head, that is if we actually do get a chance to do so. We personally can’t wait for it.