Elon Musk concluded the 2017 International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide today. The billionaire’s keynote speech, detailing SpaceX’s updated roadmap to Mars was the final presentation before the closing ceremony.
The 68th IAC attracted over 4500 delegates from around the world, including the likes of Jan Woerner, Director General of the European Space Agency. The week-long event held at the Adelaide Convention Centre included talks on all aspects of space exploration and technology, both globally and in Australia, with the Australian Federal Government announcing plans to create an Australian Space Agency on Monday.
To close out the conference, Elon Musk expanded on his plan to put humans on Mars by 2022. In a packed-out theatre, he touched on last year’s ideas at IAC 2016 Guadalajara, and went in depth regarding funding the mammoth project.
The funding will come from using the Big F***ing Rocket (BFR) platform to launch satellites, ferry cargo to the ISS and moon, as well as for travel on Earth. He admitted this will essentially cannibalise their current line of Falcon rockets.
Two BFRs will launch a cargo mission in 2020, followed by sending four more BFRs carrying cargo and humans in 2022.
“Its 2017, we should have a lunar base already”, said Musk during his presentation.
sko attended the 2017 IAC in Adelaide. To read more about SpaceX’s plans, visit spacex.com