Musk has talked about building a spaceship to fly to Mars
MOSCOW, 20 Oct — RIA Novosti. Rocket and spacecraft BFR, intended for flight on Mars will initially be tested during short flights from one point to another on Earth, said Elon Musk in discussions with users of Internet forum Reddit.
“We will start the development of the BFR with the construction of a full ship that will take short flights between two points on Earth, rising to a height of several hundred kilometres and flying the same distance. These tests will be simple enough to ship — they do not require a heat shield that will allow us to have a large stockpile of fuel on Board and depriving us of the need to use powerful engines Raptor is designed to fly in deep space,” said the entrepreneur.
At the end of September this year, Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, spoke about the revamped plans for the colonization of Mars, announced the beginning of the development of new multi-purpose missiles, BFR, which will be used for flights to the red planet, and as a “space taxi” on the Ground.
The missile and associated spacecraft for interplanetary flights as the entrepreneur hopes, will help him to collect about $ 10 billion required to implement its main dream — to create an independent colony on Mars with a population of approximately one million people.
The transformation of BFR in space “taxis” that can carry humans to an arbitrary point on the Earth’s surface in 30 minutes, in his opinion, will help to collect these funds.