Forget the Traffic in Jounieh... We're Going to Mars!
مساحة حرة OCT 28, 2017

After coming up with Tesla cars, Elon Musk, a visionary wishing to see humans work more efficiently with the use of robotics – partly turning us into cyborgs – has now a new plan in mind. Musk wants to enable us to travel from New York to London in less than 30 minutes, at an affordable price.

At the International Astronautical Congress conference held in Adelaide, Australia, Musk promised his audience that he will be sending people to Mars in 2024. How? Well I don’t know. But he did mention something about producing a spaceship next year that would be nearly 109 meters long, almost half the size of NASA’s space shuttles.

Now every cool invention needs to have a cool name, and Musk chose to go with BFR – Big F***ing Rocket, and I’m not even kidding.

So how does he plan on making it affordable? According to him, almost every spaceship used nowadays is, for the most part, disposable in the sense that, once it completes its mission, it’s going to go to waste. Musk believes in reusability, claiming that if commercial airplanes can go on hundreds of trips at a time with minor maintenance, a spaceship ought to do the same. The major cost of today’s space travel is the ship itself. Musk says he’s going to make sure that you only pay for fuel – much like what you’d pay for an Uber.

Being much of a perfectionist, though the BFR is set to take humans up to Mars by 2024, its first flight will take place in 2022 – no humans on board, for testing purposes – giving SpaceX, the company building these Big F Rockets, a 2-year period for correction and error.

Now why is it that Musk is the center of futuristic attention? He’s not the richest man on the planet and he surely isn’t the person investing the most. Well, one of his biggest fans, Professor Alan Duffy from the center of astrophysics and supercomputing at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne stated that “They [Musk and his team] have a big vision, they work towards it, but the steps they take are always with the profit limit. And if there’s a profit there, you can guarantee that businesses will see it through”. Moral of the story? Musk dreams, a lot. But he doesn’t dream about science-fiction, he dreams about the money coming with it.

So let me put you into perspective before I wrap things up. This new rocket will be able to take up to 240 passengers from Earth to – the furthest being – Mars, with the ability of being refueled if needed by a drone fuel station. It will be powered by a mix of methane and oxygen rather than the traditional kerosene and oxygen mix, making its engine the “highest thrust-to-weight engine ever”. Remember how I told you guys that this rocket is small and light-weight? Well he used carbon-fiber to build a 264,000-gallon fuel tank and tested it by blowing it up and launching it 300 feet into the ocean.

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Now if Musk says something like “it’s 2017, we should have a lunar base by now, what the hell is going on?!” you’d be almost certain that this guy knows what he’s doing. I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to see what else this guy has up his sleeves.

From robotic humans to fully-electric-long-range cars, Musk’s next step is colonizing an entire planet. Maybe by the time he retires, his successors would have a plan to inter-galactic travel. Let’s see what happens.

مساحة حرة OCT 28, 2017
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