Founder of three of the biggest movers at the moment – Tesla Motors, Solar City, and SpaceX – Elon Musk has made the bold claim that if he does not see man bridge the gap between earth to the moon again in his life-time, he will be “very disappointed.”
Starting SpaceX with the sole focus of completing this aim, the entrepreneur is known for his outstanding passion and interest in the space projects across the globe. He recently took a q7a session where he offered a real insight into his thinking behind the quest for a return to the moon, and other space projects.
Despite taking many questions about various other situations, like his other projects and the recent problems with a SpaceX rocket which brought a lot of attention, he concentrated quote heavily on his passion for a lunar landing.
Musk also noted the importance of teamwork and co-operation between all of the governments and agencies which are joined in the space travel program across the world. He believes that a coalition would not only speed up the process massively, but remove the competitive element for the good of man.
The Dream: Mission Mars
Speaking about the difficulties man faces in getting to Mars, he also spoke of the necessity for re-usable rockets. Quoted on www.spacepolitics.com, he noted that “Every mode of transport we use today is reusable, but not rockets. If humanity is to expand beyond Earth, it is critical we solve this problem.”
Working on technology towards this end, the SpaceX Grasshopper is aimed towards the development of rockets which can land itself after detaching. This will not only cut down massively on production costs, but will help more projects take place as there would be higher-quality rockets to use.
However, he spoke most strongly about his “need” to see humanity on Mars. Sadly, he lamented that with the amount of time and resources Tesla requires from him, that he could never take the lead with SpaceX, leaving the door open to another company to really come to the fore to lead the charge.
“The United States is a nation of explorers,” Musk said. “People need to believe its possible and it will not bankrupt them or mean giving up something like healthcare. It’s not a question of how. It’s a question of will.”