Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla is pretty ambitious and does a lot of innovative stuff. Many people know Musk with Tesla’s electric cars, however, the businessman does much more. According to a recent tweet from Musk, SpaceX could land an interstellar spacecraft on Mars by 2030. According to him, landing is not an issue. However, making the Mars base Alpha Mars base self-sustaining is the real challenge.
According to reports, about a week ago, the European Space Agency announced that it would launch a project to study “future space solutions”. The agency will provide three companies (ArianeGroup, Avio, and Rocket Factory Augsburg) with $600,000 each to study competitive launch systems after 2030.
The European Space Agency is doing this to compete with Musk’s SpaceX. SpaceX’s reusable, low-cost Falcon 9 rocket can drastically cut the launch price of large commercial satellites. Not only that, Europe also lags behind SpaceX in other important areas, such as manned space missions. Even with the 2030 timeline, it will be an uphill task for the European Space Agency to keep up with SpaceX.
Elon Musk wants to build a country on Mars
According to previous reports, Elon Musk wants to establish a “country” on Mars. He is also the CEO of SpaceX and he is already thinking of how humans can live on alien planets. Musk is not planning a two-way trip to Mars. According to reports, the ultimate dream is to have a permanent base on Mars. However, Mus will have to overcome some challenges before he can achieve this dream. Here is Musk’s proposal for a system of government on Mars
“For services provided on Mars, services delivered to Mars by interstellar spacecraft or other colonial spacecraft, all parties shall recognize that Mars is a free planet, and no Earth government has the power to declare or claim sovereignty over Mars. Therefore, when there is a dispute on Mars, it will be resolved through the principle of autonomy-based on good faith”.
This is not the first time that Musk will be discussing the governmental procedures on Mars. Some years ago, at the SXSW conference, here is what Musk had to say
“Most likely, the Mars government will be formed in a directly democratic form. People will vote directly on issues instead of making decisions through a representative government. I think this might be better because direct democracy has a much lower chance of corruption than representative democracy”.