- Elon Musk has said SpaceX will land humans on Mars in 10 years in the worst case.
- The engineering of the spacecraft and cost reduction are the determining factors.
- “No amount of money can get you a ticket to Mars,” Musk added on the Lex Fridman podcast.
Elon Musk has said SpaceX will land humans on Mars with its Starship rocket in 10 years, in the worst case scenario.
During an episode of the Lex Fridman podcast released Tuesday, Fridman asked Musk when he thought SpaceX would land humans on the Red Planet.
After a 20 second pause, the billionaire replied, “Best case is about five years, worst case 10 years.”
Musk told Fridman that the determining factors included “the engineering of the vehicle,” adding that “Starship is the most complex and advanced rocket that has ever been made.”
“Starship’s fundamental optimization minimizes the cost per ton in orbit and ultimately the cost per ton on the surface of Mars,” Musk told Fridman on the podcast.
Currently, no one can fly to Mars for a trillion dollars, Musk told Fridman. “No amount of money can get you a ticket to Mars,” he said on the podcast.
The CEO of SpaceX and Tesla has scheduled various dates for his company to reach and land on the Red Planet.
Musk said in an interview with the Clubhouse audio app in February that it will be “five and a half years” before a crewed mission of SpaceX’s Starship rocket can land on the Red Planet.
Musk tweeted in March that his aerospace company would land its Starship rockets on Mars “well before” 2030.
Experts previously told Insider it could take longer than expected if things don’t go exactly as planned during the three remaining launch opportunities before 2026.
Musk eventually plans to build 1,000 Starship rockets and launch three a day to transport a million people to the Red Planet.