SpaceX will land Starship rockets on Mars long before 2030, says Elon Musk

Elon Musk said on Tuesday that SpaceX will land its Starship rockets on Mars well before 2030.

SpaceX launches its first super-heavy Starship SN8 rocket in a test from their facility in Boca Chica, Texas, United States (Image: Reuters)

Elon Musk’s SpaceX will launch its Starship rockets to Mars well before 2030, the billionaire entrepreneur said in a tweet on Tuesday.

The private space company had raised around $ 850 million in equity in February even as a prototype of its Starship rocket exploded during a landing attempt after a high-altitude test launch.

The SN9 prototype was a test model of the heavy rocket developed by SpaceX to transport humans and 100 tons of cargo on future missions to the Moon and Mars.

Musk, who runs several futuristic companies including Tesla Inc, Neuralink and Boring Co, said Tuesday that “the really tough threshold makes Mars Base Alpha self-sufficient.”

A first orbital flight is scheduled for the end of the year. Musk has said he intends to fly Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa around the moon with the Starship in 2023.

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