Elon Musk Expects Mars Ship To Make First Trip In 2019

Daily Texan Staff

Eccentric billionaire and SpaceX founder Elon Musk broke the news during his appearance at the South By Southwest festival this past weekend (he appears to be a big fan of Westworld), claiming that the SpaceX Mars rocket is making steady progress, and will very likely be making short test flights starting next year. The company is still way behind on its production targets. "I think that once we build it, we'll have a point of proof".

Elon Musk is unquestionably the most interesting businessman in Silicon Valley - arguably the world - thanks to his nearly single-handed reignition of the space race. At the event, Mr Musk painted a picture of what he felt such a society would need to look like in order to be a success.

SpaceX's BFR rocket system is considered to be the successor to Falcon Heavy, and it's current design would use a total of 37 Raptor engines (31 on the booster rocket, and 6 on the spacecraft) that could possibly deliver twice the boost of a Saturn V rocket.

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Musk said the goal is to begin a human colony on Mars and the first spaceflights there will begin to plant those seeds.

"This has been our pattern in the past". After that, "then really the explosion of entrepreneurial opportunity [will begin] because Mars will need everything from iron foundries to pizza joints".

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"SpaceX is alive by the skin of its teeth, and so is Tesla - if things had just gone a little differently, both companies would be dead", he said. "Mark my words", Musk told the crowd, "AI is far more unsafe than nukes".

"I'm not normally an advocate of regulation and oversight", he added. There needs to be a public body that has insight and oversight so that everyone is delivering AI safely.

"Some AI experts think they know more than they do and they think they're smarter than they are. this tends to plague smart people, they define themselves by their intelligence and they don't like the idea that a machine can be way smarter than them so they just discount the idea, which is fundamentally flawed". So why do we have no regulatory oversight? "There's lots of things that are miserable and kind of get you down". And if he doesn't try and get us to Mars, who will?

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