Plans for 80,000-person Mars colony presented by Elon Musk, the billionaire founder and CEO of spaceflight company SpaceX. Image credit: wikipedia
In order to actually get people out there and build a Mars colony, SpaceX wants to build a reusable rocket based on the Falcon 9 booster.
Musk told an audience at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London on November 16.
“At Mars, you can start a self-sustaining civilization and grow it into something really big.”
He stated the Martian settlement he envisioned would start small, with just 10 people to see if living on the Red Planet is viable.
He estimates that the entire program would cost about $36 billion, and came up with the $500,000 price ticket that would be within the means of most people in advanced countries.
The project would be designed to become self-sufficient over time.