No. And it never will.
But those who seek truth and want to advance in order to allow mankind to survive as a species in the universe – can not wait for those (rednecks) that are hindered from learning by their own corruption and ego. (bigoil making rednecks believe climate change is a hoax)
I am very glad to be alive at times where such brave entrepreneurs as Elon Musk and and brave citizens of this planet like Japanese Art collector and fashion designer and sponsor Yusaku Maezawa tackle the big challenges.
They have strong headwinds and some not only uttered their disbelieve but thought of it as a joke.
The question that remains to be answered: can such projects be realized within the current financial system?
(look at how much disbelieve “the market” “investors” “banks” had against Tesla and if they could become a “real” car brand, i think all the other major car brands are hindered by their own corruption to make bold steps forward (too much supply-chain-friendships) no matter how much money the state throws at them)
Elon welcomes competition in this field.
“the first man on Mars will be on a Boeing rocket engine” someone at Boeing said.
“Game on” Elon says.
(Streamed live on Sep 17, 2018)
Elon is very thankful for the sponsoring and even thinks about joining the trip in 2023.
And you should DEFINITELY make a test-run around the moon before sending any people!
A billion things can go wrong and it would be VERY BAD PUBLICITY!
(no more sponsors, no more trips)
WE NEED MORE SUPER RICH THAT WANT TO SPONSOR PROJECTS LIKE THESE!
Musk estimates the development costs for “his spaceship” (BFR, “Big Fat Rocket”) to be around $5 billion, which is a lot of money, but will dramatically lower the costs for transporting cargo to space.
The comparison is the airplane industry – where bigger and even bigger jet designs are proposed because they can carry more cargo and further distances per fuel used.
Also the the rocket is designed for maximum reusability which will again lower costs to (almost only the fuel).
I really hope Musk can make his rockets as reusable as possible – which is a grant challenge that last time it was tried (the space shuttle) ended up being more expensive than the Soyuz (not reusable)
SpaceX has signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our Starship launch vehicle – an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space. Only 24 humans have been to the Moon in history. No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972.
“You want to wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be great – and that’s what being a spacefaring civilization is all about. It’s about believing in the future and thinking that the future will be better than the past. And I can’t think of anything more exciting than going out there and being among the stars.”
— Elon Musk, SpaceX
Yes but crazy wise – if we do not do it and just go extinct it will only proof one thing: the stupidity and self-destructive nature of our (financial) economic system.
If mankind is too corrupt to not destroy it’s only habitat earth – than we MUST colonize other celestial bodies in order to survive as a species.
Moon base and Mars base and maybe even then further distant planets with more favorable conditions than Mars.
But Mars is very doable given the right funding.
GO ELON GO!
Pictures from Falcon heavy launch and re entry and landing
More good news: fed up with your slow, expensive and unreliable internet connection?
Space Wifi is coming!
World Wide Internet!
“SpaceX requests permission from US government to operate network of 4,425 satellites to provide high-speed, global internet coverage”
“SpaceX is not the first to propose such a system.
Similar internet-via-satellite networks are under development by privately owned OneWeb and by Boeing, while a $200m satellite leased by Facebook’s Internet.org initiative, which has a similar goal of providing global internet access, was destroyed in an explosion of the SpaceX launch vehicle contracted to send it into orbit.”
“the plan would cost at least $10bn”
Amazon is trying to pull off a similar stunt called “Project Kuiper” with 3000+ satellites.