Elon Musk. Billionaire, entrepreneur and futurist. Undoubtedly one of the most forward looking and the most talked about businessmen of our times. With multiple futuristic companies such as SolarCity, Tesla and SpaceX at his beck and call, we won’t be too far from truth if we say that he is in a very powerful position to shape the future course of the species.
Today, at the International Astronautical Congress, Musk will be talking about some of his plans, which include turning humanity, into a civilization that is able to exist and thrive beyond the confines of earth. Which is certainly one of the most ambitious — and some would have said far fetched only a few years ago — plans to have been made by our race.
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Elon Musk has already shown us that he means business. From the reusable rocket technology his company has been pioneering lately, to the already laid-out roadmap that plans to put humans on Mars, and to have professed to withhold SpaceX’s IPO until its Mars missions have taken place.
The space exploration company has significantly ramped up the level of activity lately too. From announcing that the Mars Colonial Transporter can go beyond Mars and into the depths of the solar system, to firing up the Raptor engine meant for taking people to the red planet a couple of days ago — things are certainly shaping up to make Musk’s grand plan a reality.
SpaceX’s plans differ from and are way more ambitious than those of other agencies, even government agencies, since it wants to colonize Mars rather than just land people there. The initial plan is to use a group of 10 people to set up a colony. The colony would then form the core of a much larger settlement that could eventually house as many as 80,000 people.
That is exactly what today’s keynote is all about. Apart from shelling out the technical details of so grand an undertaking, Musk may also be touching upon how SpaceX will benefit from it as a business.
Stay tuned as we bring you in-depth analysis of Elon Musk’s plans to make humans an interplanetary species, in a little bit. Meanwhile, you can also watch his live keynote right here.