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Elon Musk Thinks Space Travel Could Be As Common As Flying

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11:46 AM - 29 Sep 2019



Elon Musk has said his new spaceship could make space travel as common as flying - and hopes to create a city on the Moon and Mars.

The billionaire SpaceX boss unveiled his newest craft, 'Starship', and its launch vehicle called 'Super Heavy' at the company's facility in Texas.

He told a crowd of fans gathered at the site that he believes the spaceship could act like a plane does - landing and taking off without being damaged.

The Starship is designed to carry a crew and cargo "to the moon, Mars or anywhere else in the solar system" - and land back on Earth perpendicularly instead of horizontally, Musk said.

Its inaugural liftoff is set for about one or two months and will reach 65,000ft before landing back on Earth.

The company said Starship will be the "most powerful rocket in history", capable of carrying humans to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

It will use an in-space propellant transfer to enable the delivery of over 100 tonnes of useful mass to the surface of the Moon or Mars.

Starship will also provide affordable delivery of significant quantities of cargo and people, essential for "building Moon bases and Mars cities".

Ultimately, it will carry as many as 100 people on long-duration, interplanetary flights.

"We need to make space travel like air travel," Musk said.

"Any other mode of transport is reusable so the critical breakthrough is a rapidly reusable orbital rocket - this is the holy grail of space."

Musk, SpaceX's chief engineer and CEO, said using a rocket again is "only barely possible" due to Earth's gravity - but is "not impossible".

He told the crowd of space fans that he wanted "a world where we're exploring other worlds".

Musk said his company has learned how to dock on Mars and wants to establish a city there, and also on the moon.

"It will be very exciting to have a base on the moon, even if it's just a science city," he said.



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