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Elon Musk: SpaceX could launch a Starship rocket to Mars in 2024



The head of SpaceX, Elon Musk, during a video conference at the Mars Society Convention 2020, said that the Starship rocket could fly to Mars as early as 2024.

Elon mentioned the so-called launch window – optimal conditions for flying to another planet with minimal fuel consumption, which appears every 26 months. The next window will open in 2022, and the Starship launch could take place in a second launch window that appears four years later.

I think we have a good chance to use the second launch window for a flight to Mars – Elon Musk.

In 2021, Starship will go into orbit with a probability of 80-90%, and in 2022 it will be ready for orbital refueling tests, said the head of SpaceX. However, all dates named “are only guesses” and may change due to various circumstances.

At the moment, Starship is going through the development and testing phase, sometimes successfully and sometimes not very well. In addition to flights to Mars, the rocket will also be used for flights to the Moon and suborbital flights anywhere on Earth. The rocket is capable of carrying more than 100 tons of cargo and about 100 people. website SpaceX.

On May 30 this year, SpaceX launched its first spacecraft with astronauts to the International Space Station. After two months on the ISS, he successfully returned to Earth.

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