Aerospace and Defense

To Colonize Mars, Tesla Unveiled a Secret Tool

09 April 2018

The massive BFR tool compared to a typical car. Source: Tesla/SpaceXThe massive BFR tool compared to a typical car. Source: Tesla/SpaceX

This week, Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of SpaceX, showed on his Instagram account a tool to be used to design the capsule (ship) that will take people to Mars.

One of the two parts of the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) spaceship project, which is a massive 157.5-feet long and 30-feet wide, is currently being designed. Built using carbon-fiber, it will be used as a mold to fabricate the cylindrical body of the BFR spaceship that is expected to carry 100 or more people in 40 cabins per flight.

The BFR project, which is designed to carry cargo and crew to Earth, the moon and the red planet will also have a rocket that will be driven by 31 Raptor engines capable of taking 136 metric tons of load to the Earth's orbit. Both the booster and the capsule will have a combined length of 348 ft., which is taller than the Statue of Liberty.

Source: TeslaSource: Tesla

The main idea behind the project is to create a million-person city on the surface of Mars half a century from now. The first cargo mission to Mars, according to the company, will take place on 2022, and a manned mission is being planned for 2014.

This is an ambitious timeline. The tool unveiled yesterday is a step in the right direction.

To contact the author of this article, email abe.michelen@ieeeglobalspec.com


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Re: To Colonize Mars, Tesla Unveiled a Secret Tool
#1
2018-Apr-10 6:26 AM

"This is an ambitious timeline"

Especially the part about going back in time to 2014. I'm sure that's just a typo, though.

Re: To Colonize Mars, Tesla Unveiled a Secret Tool
#2
2018-Apr-10 1:53 PM

Rumor has it that Musk is working in close cooperation with Doc Brown on a flux capacitor.

Re: To Colonize Mars, Tesla Unveiled a Secret Tool
#3
In reply to #2
2018-Apr-10 2:04 PM

Uh, wouldn't they also want a "Flux Inductor" so both E & H fields can be used (wink)?

Re: To Colonize Mars, Tesla Unveiled a Secret Tool
#4
2018-Apr-10 10:46 PM

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