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Space bases could preserve civilization in WW III: Elon Musk

Space bases could preserve civilization in WW III: Elon Musk

Musk, the founder of rocket and spacecraft company SpaceX, said the company's interplanetary ship could begin test flights as soon as next year.

Elon Musk wants to begin a human colony on Mars.

"I think we'll be able to do short flights, up and down flights, some time in the first half of next year", he told an audience at the festival in Austin, Texas, the BBC reported.

When asked what the general public could do to help his ambitions of reaching Mars, Musk said: "I think right now the biggest thing that would be helpful is just general support and encouragement".

Comments such as these are likely to only add to the good will that Musk has built up for SpaceX, both good and bad. The rocket will be equipped with a self-fueling mechanism and would be completely reusable which would reduce the cost of traveling in space and would allow resupplying at the International Space Station (ISS) on the moon by making multiple trips.

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Acknowledging his reputation, Musk said: "Sometimes my timelines are a little, you know".

While the code name of the new device is URM (Under Rocket Mobility), its manoeuvrability and ease of adjustment make it fit for many other applications such as: aeronautical, trains and subways, machinery, tunnel boring machines as well as any other industry that requires very precise and secure working positions. It is the only private company ever to return a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, which it first accomplished in December 2010.

Musk talks about multi-planetary life in the video above, though if you don't have enough time to put aside to listen to it, the company also provides a transcript detailing Musk's thoughts.

"A BFR flight will actually cost less than our Falcon I flight did, back in the day. We're confident BFR will be less than that", Musk said, referring to the first SpaceX rocket.

A single launch of the BFR would only cost around $5 to $6 million, making it cheaper per flight than even the Falcon I, SpaceX's first rocket, which was created to simply launch satellites into Earth's orbit. "That's profound, and that is what will enable the creation of a permanent base on the Moon and a city on Mars". Elon Musk has stated that a SpaceX ship is being built exactly for that objective, with the test flights being short, up-and-down trips.