Human colonies on Mars could be built within our lifetime, according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk who has outlined his vision for a self-sustaining city on the red planet in a new study. In the study, Musk explored the planetary options for expanding to a space-bearing civilization and described the advantages Mars offers. Also Read - Starlink satellite broadband service gets 5 million users, Elon Musk says full service most likelyAlso Read - Elon Musk's Starlink satellite internet service faces challenge to launch in India, DoT begins scrutiny
He provided a comprehensive review of a system architecture required for a rocket and spaceship capable of transporting people and supplies to Mars, comparing possible vehicle designs and performance features. A major challenge facing engineers and scientists at present is the need to reduce the cost per tonne of transporting materials to Mars by five million percent.
“By talking about the SpaceX Mars architecture, I want to make Mars seem possible – make it seem as though it is something that we can do in our lifetime. There really is a way that anyone could go if they wanted to,” said Musk, founder of the US-based space transport services company. ALSO READ: Elon Musk s SpaceX to send two tourists around the moon in 2018
“History is going to bifurcate along two directions. One path is we stay on Earth forever, and then there will be some eventual extinction event,” he said. “I do not have an immediate doomsday prophecy, but eventually, history suggests, there will be some doomsday event,” he added. ALSO READ: Inside Elon Musk s grand plan to colonize Mars
“The alternative is to become a space-bearing civilization and a multi-planetary species, which I hope you would agree is the right way to go,” Musk said in the study published in the journal New Space. ALSO READ: SpaceX working with NASA to identify landing spots for Red Dragon spacecraft on Mars