Elon Musk: SpaceX Mars ship could make short flights by next year

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"We did it for you", wrote Musk in his Twitter.

About an hour into the presentation, a third chair was brought on stage and Kimbal Musk, Elon's brother and an entrepreneur in the food-access space, joined in - wearing a cowboy hat and with a guitar in tow. While Mars missions are the ultimate goal, it should also be capable of return trips to the Moon (with in-space refueling) and space station resupply missions. It should be things that inspire you, thanks to which you happily Wake up in the morning and become a part of humanity. There are lots of problems that need to get solved.

As reported by the Verge, the video was created by a different Mask directed by Jonathan Nolan.

Musk, who also founded vehicle company Tesla, said conflict is welded into mankind's history. He made a two-day stop at SXSW to talk about his work.

The Q&A comes after Musk's unexpected cameo (or, technically, his crashing) of HBO's Westworld panel on March 10, where he discussed the sci-fi show's themes while ruminating on inspiration and why it's so crucial to balance out "the negative things in the world".

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But Musk's not just thinking about doom and gloom.

It was Musk's long-range plan for sending settlers to Mars that took up most of the attention. He had to borrow money from friends to keep going. For price unfathomably small relative to the prices NASA has floated for its own heavy-lift rocket (likely no less than $3 billion a launch), previously silent voices at the upper echelons of political power and spaceflight journalism have since openly praised SpaceX's success and begun rather loudly spitballing about the massive rocket's potential uses in both the civil and military spheres of space exploration. "I think that's the single biggest existential crisis that we face, and the most pressing one", he said.

Known as BFR, the space ship measures 100m in length. (Read into that what you will, he said.) Musk wants to see the rocket take short flights up and down in the first half of next year.

"The only way I know how to share [the Falcon Heavy launch] is a trailer", Nolan said.

It's important to make sure the dawn of AI is one that's symbiotic with humanity.

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