Elon Musk has recently introduced the world to Mars Base Alpha, SpaceX’s revolutionary Mars outpost that could be complete by 2028.
Musk recently tweeted images of the stunning outpost with a simple caption: “Mars Base Alpha”.
The tweet shows SpaceX’s “Big Fucking Rocket(s)” (BFR) on the surface of Mars, next to a dome base in the background covered in solar panels.
And SpaceX’s BFR is a monster.
At nearly 348 feet (106 meters) tall, the “Big Fucking Rocket” is a truly humongous spacecraft, towering over the 229-feet-tall (70meterss) Falcon Heavy rocket.
Musk’s tweets caused a huge interest on Twitter. In response to a question about the “Mars Base Alpha” and when it could be built, Musk answered via Twitter ‘Probably 2028 for a base to be built’.
Space X has recently confirmed its intentions to launch the rocket for the first time in 2020 (if everything goes according to plan) with missions to the moon and the red planet planned for 2022 and 2024 respectively.
Speaking at the Air Force Association’s annual symposium in Maryland about SpaceX and its plans, chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell said: “We would like to put large cargo on the surface of the moon by 2022.”
“And we have our eyes on the prize to send people to Mars in 2024.”
Musk’s Big Fucking Rocket could revolutionize space travel. The launch vehicle has the capacity to lift 150 tons into space and consist of two stages. The best part is that both stages are reusable.
“I hope to be doing hot tests next year with the second stage, the spaceship, and make an orbital flight in 2020,” explained Shotwell.