Elon Musk: SpaceX can colonize Mars and build moon base

Elon Musk’s vision for a colony on Mars. /Photo: Elon Musk via Instagram

Musk says project codenamed BFR would also allow commercial travel to anywhere on Earth in under an hour

By Michael Slezak and Olivia Solon | The Guardian

Elon Musk has unveiled plans for a new spacecraft that he says would allow his company SpaceX to colonise Mars, build a base on the moon, and allow commercial travel to anywhere on Earth in under an hour.

The spacecraft is currently still codenamed the BFR (Big [expletive deleted] Rocket). Musk says the company hopes to have the first launch by 2022, and then have four flying to Mars by 2024.

Last year Musk proposed an earlier plan for the spacecraft, but at the time had not developed a way of funding the project.

Speaking at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide Australia on Friday, Musk said the company had figured out a way to pay for the project.

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