“We are building the first Mars or interplanetary ship, and I think that we will be able to make short trips, short flights up and down, in the first half of next year,” said Musk during his speech at the festival of culture and technology, South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, this Sunday. However, he admitted that this term may be a little optimistic, and added: “Although sometimes, my calendars are a bit, you already know”.
Musk announced last year that his private company SpaceX is working to send a cargo mission to Mars in 2022. The owner of Tesla hopes that this company will help promote the human colonization of the planet.
When asked Musk how ordinary people can help their mission of getting to Mars, he said that at this time it is for general support and “encouragement”. “I think that once you build it, we will have a test point for something that other companies and countries can do. Certainly do not believe it is possible, but if we do, will improve his action,” he said.
Musk said that a flight in the rocket BFR –designed specifically for this mission– it actually cost less than the initial flights of the Falcon 1, which was between 5 and 6 million, according to Musk. Even so, Musk admitted that the first human that dare to make the journey risk a lot. “It’s going to be much more dangerous, difficult, dangerous, with good chances for you to die,” he admitted.
On the other hand, Musk explained that the bases of the Moon and Mars could help to preserve human civilization and to speed up its regeneration in the land in the event of a third world war. There is “some probability” of there being another Dark Age, “particularly if there is a third world war,” said Musk. “We want to make sure that there is enough seed of human civilization in another place to return to civilization, and perhaps shorten the duration of the Middle Ages.”
So crashed the propellant core of the Falcon Heavy
Space X has shown finally pictures of how you hit the accelerator leading to the first rocket, Falcon Heavy, the 6th of February, in fail on landing controlled in a marine platform.
A promotional video of the inaugural flight, which launched to outer space, a car Tesla roadster with a dummy in the driver called Starman, the company that presides over Elon Musk describes in images the details of the mission.
In the minute 1:11 in the video you will see pictures of the throttle main approaching the marine platform from a distance. Subsequently, taking a camera on board of the platform reveals how the rocket not landed at the predicted point but outside of the limits of the platform, crashing into the sea.
Days after the launch, in his account of Twitter, Elon Musk, president of Space X explained that the engines were not activated at the maneuver end for lack of fuel. “There was not enough fluid ignition to turn on the two outboard engines after several ignitions of three engines,” wrote Musk.
When Falcon Heavy took off, became the rocket operational the world’s most powerful by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons –a mass greater than a airplane 737 loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel– Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next operation nearest vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost.
Unlike the accelerator, main, after the liftoff, the two boosters side is separated from the central core and returned to the landing site for re-use in the future.