Elon Musk announced that SpaceX could land a spacecraft on Mars in three to four years. The statement came on Thursday 5 October when Musk spoke via video conference at the International Astronautical Congress in Azerbaijan.
Arrival on Mars
“I think it is possible to do an uncrewed test landing within the next four years,” Elon Musk told Clay Mowry, president of the International Astronautical Federation. However, this is not the first announcement of this type. Musk first unveiled his Mars rocket in 2016 at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. He predicted that SpaceX’s first uncrewed landing on the red planet would take place in 2022 and the first flight with people on board in 2024. The reality, however, is very different: only one test flight of the Starship was carried out last April and not it went well. The Starship spacecraft, which had been scheduled to separate from the launcher’s first stage three minutes after liftoff, failed to separate and the rocket was detonated in a fireball over the Gulf of Mexico.
According to Starship
Musk said a second Starship is ready, but he must wait for the Federal Aviation Administration to issue a new launch license, which could happen as early as October. Musk said that some changes were made to the original project to obtain more efficient results.