from The Daily Bell:
Musk: We intend to launch people to Mars in 2024 … Elon Musk will send a mission to Mars without people on it — on the Flying Dragon version 2 rocket — starting in 2018 and launch a rocket headed there every 26 months. – CNBC
Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos believe that the final frontier of space will soon be penetrated.
Musk (see excerpt above) intends to send people to Mars in eight years’ time. Bezos wants to zone space for industry.
“[Our rocket] is intended to carry astronauts to the International Space Station,” said Musk at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. on Wednesday night. “But we are going to send one to Mars in 2018.”
Onstage at the Code Conference on Tuesday, the Amazon founder and CEO said that we have to start bringing parts of the industrial economy to space in order “to save Earth.”
“Let me assure you, this is the best planet. We need to protect it, and the way we will is by going out into space,” he told Recode Editor at large Walt Mossberg.
Bezos’s idea is that space is ideal for “gigantic chip factories.” And that the entire earth should be zoned “residential” or “light industry.”
Heavy industry should be reserved for space, along with solar power, which would be much more effective when solar power “is available 24/7.”
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