Elon Musk is well-known as one of the most vehement voices in the media about sending people to Mars. Even so, the business magnate shocked many people with a recent claim that has sparked controversy. He believes that under a certain situation, humanity won’t visit the Red Planet.
Elon Musk’s surprising commentary was made in the context of the US Federal Aviation Authority delaying the launch of a rocket by 24 hours, according to Sky News.
Fully fuelled with propellant for nothing
Elon Musk was mad that although the spacecraft was on the launchpad and fully fuelled with propellant, the green light to ignite didn’t come.
Unlike its aircraft division, which is fine, the FAA space division has a fundamentally broken regulatory structure.
Their rules are meant for a handful of expendable launches per year from a few government facilities. Under those rules, humanity will never get to Mars.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 28, 2021
Musk unveiled in 2019 the Starship spacecraft and the launch vehicle Super Heavy. The two structures were made to carry crew and cargo “to the moon, Mars or anywhere else in the solar system” and come back to Earth, according to Musk.
Going to Mars seems mandatory
While we’re hoping that Elon Musk still considers seriously the idea to send humans to Mars, colonizing our neighbouring planet is practically mandatory since the future of humanity is at stake. Earth won’t provide resources to us forever, and by ‘us’ we mean the whole human race, including those who will come after the current generations. When the future of our children and grandchildren is at stake, we should all do our best to find a new home elsewhere in the Solar System. Beyond the Solar System would also be an option, but for the moment, the distances are way too high for the current technology.
SpaceX, the company founded by Elon Musk, continues to be very active in the distribution of Starlink satellites that have the purpose of providing broadband internet connections to remote regions across the world. So far, the company deployed 1,023 satellites over the course of 18 launches.