Elon Musk’s mission to Mars is tentatively penciled in for 2018, and the SpaceX CEO says that he plans to launch a manned mission to the red planet just six years after that.
In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Elon Musk outlined his plans for an imminent manned mission to Mars that will start with a regular series of unmanned flights to and from Mars. These flights would be timed to launch when Mars is closest to Earth in their respective orbits to cut down on transit time and fuel use.
“Essentially what we’re saying is we’re establishing a cargo route to Mars,” Musk told the Washington Post. “It’s a regular cargo route. You can count on it. It’s going happen every 26 months. Like a train leaving the station.”