SpaceX founder Elon Musk said Friday his ambitions aren't limited to interplanetary travel. According to The Verge, Musk is proposing using SpaceX's mega-rocket that's in the works - codenamed Big F****ing Rocket or BFR - to life a spaceship into orbit.
Tesla said the event was powered entirely by Powerpack batteries, the same systems being used in the South Australian array.
The redesigned Space X rocket will be reusable and hold about 100 people. That was the key to allowing the ambitious design to be economic, he said.
One of Musk's big updates is that he plans to pay for the Mars missions by making the BFR SpaceX's standard booster and the Transport the standard vehicle - replacing all the other Falcon marks as well as the cargo and crew Dragons.
"Cost per seat should be about the same as full fare economy in an aircraft", Musk said on Instagram.
However, Al Worden, the former United States astronaut who was the pilot of NASA's Apollo 15 mission to the moon, said it will always be too expensive to get civilians to Mars. This year, its completed 13 out of what Musk said on Friday was a goal of 20.
"By that stage, they plan to be able to build a plant on the surface of Mars that would be able to synthesise fuel for return journeys back from Mars", reports The Guardian. Instead, he said that by scaling the system back, it could be created to do any activity around the Earth-Moon system.
The BFR rocket would travel at a speed of 18 000mph and get you anywhere on Earth in under 60 minutes.
Musk concludes his address once the video finishes, and asks 'if we are going to Mars, then why not Earth?'
Musk was at the Space Industry Association's 2017 Astronautical Congress, which wrapped after four days in Adelaide today. It doesn't exist yet, but Musk showed a rendered video depicting silhouettes boarding a ship (the regular, sea-faring kind) which takes them a little way out into a body of water where the future people disembark to a waiting SpaceX launch platform.
Aerospace giant Boeing has also said it wants the first person to set foot on Mars to get there on one of its rockets.
"It's about believing in the future, and thinking that the future will be better than the past", Musk said.