Elon Musk gives more details on his plans to bring humanity to Mars

No one doubts Elon Musk's ambition ahead of SpaceX anymore, but this condition does not leave the company (nor its president) in a comfortable position. Speaking at the International Aeronautical Congress, Musk provided further proof by offering a little more detail about his company's contribution to the colonization of Mars.

And SpaceX's big bet in this regard is the creation of a monstrous new vehicle suggestively called the Interplanetary Transport System (or ITS). Musk also referred to the ship as BFR, which stands for Big Fucking Rocket, which also gives an idea of ​​its size. And to get the idea out of paper, he hopes to devote basically all of the company's resources.

The basis for building the ITS would be the rocket and spacecraft mixing vehicle presented at the same conference last year and capable of carrying 450 metric tons to Mars. Detailed interplanetary transport would now have 31 main engines and could serve even more purposes than “just” reaching the Red Planet.

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Elon Musk has well-laid plans to bring humanity to Mars.

Giant and multipurpose

Musk talked about using the machine to replenish the International Space Station (ERA) or even launch satellites around the Earth. In short, here is one of the reasons why the executive talks about “cannibalizing SpaceX's own products” with ITS: the entire current fleet of the company may, in a future not yet expected to arrive, be replaced by it.

“We can build a system that can cannibalize our own products, make our products redundant, so all the resources used for Falcon Heavy and Dragon can be applied to one system, ” explained Musk. As with other SpaceX vehicles, ITS would also be reusable, a feature that can make your operation cheaper.

Despite talking about cannibalizing his own fleet, the boss of SpaceX also makes it clear that he doesn't really intend to retire his other vehicles. The idea is that they remain available to customers who want tried-and-tested spacecraft.


According to The Verge, the revenue from sending satellites to space and cargo to ERA will not be enough for Musk to create ITS. This also explains the executive's emphasis on the fact that its creation can help mankind return to the moon - something supported by countries like Russia, China and the United States.

This approach can make things easier for Musk when it comes to getting a financial grant from the United States government to turn his projects into reality. But all of this needs to be resolved in a relatively short time, as SpaceX's own president's prediction is to make the first two flights between Earth and Mars in 2022.