Elon Musk, executive director of SpaceX, said on Friday (16) that the company could launch its first unmanned mission to Mars in four years using the reusable starship spacecraft.
The main objective is for Starship missions to transport people to the Moon and Mars. According to SpaceX, lunar missions could begin in 2022.
NASA director Jim Bridenstine said in turn that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has selected more than a dozen companies to develop technologies designed to conduct operations on the Moon.
“Together, NASA and the industry [espacial] are building a series of capabilities ready to support a sustainable presence on the Moon and future human missions to Mars, “said Bridenstine.
In September, Elon Musk stated, during a videoconference entitled “Humans to Mars”, quoted by the CNBC channel, that he hopes to see the Starship spacecraft perform its first orbital flight test in 2021, also warning that the colony project on the Red Planet it can be a one-way ticket for participants.