The statement is not random, nothing more and nothing less than Elon Musk, for many of today's most important technical geniuses. He is the creator of the PayPal payment system, Tesla electric cars and SpaceX reusable space rockets, among others.
Among the plans that Elon Musk has with SpaceX for 2019 is to send NASA astronauts from the United States to the International Space Station and begin the tests of Starship, formerly known as BFR, the interplanetary spacecraft it wants to reach to Mars.
It is not yet known when the first manned flight will be to the red planet, but Musk already assumes that it costs less than $ 500,000 and can even go down to 100,000 depending on volume and demand.
The news came up in one of Elon Musk's comments on Twitter when asked about an estimated cost for a ticket to Mars or the moon. Musk said the price should not exceed half a million dollars and when demand increases, he thinks that the price of the bill would fall to $ 100,000, which says "most in advanced economies could sell your home on earth and move to Mars if you want."
The key to guaranteeing demand and a good volume in every journey is the opportunity to return to the earth if desired and without having to pay extra money, because a start is said to be a journey without a return, which back to many people.
By comparison, a flight on Virgin Galactic (Sir Richard Branson's company, which plans to provide manned sub-orbital space flights) to "space borders" is the price of over $ 200,000, or if you want to pay for vacation in the International Space Station must invest 9.5 million dollar. With this in mind, the Musk forecast does not sound bad, the problem is that it is profitable and becomes reality.
This 2019, Elon Musk, is trying to start testing Starship to make an unmanned trip to March 2020, which would follow a round moon 2023, which would be manned and accommodated up to 100 passengers.
For its part, China, which recently arrived on the moon's dark side, has already prepared more than 30 space launches for this year. And, like Elon Musk, they think it is necessary to install a permanent base on the moon to reach Mars and other points in the Solar System later. The major problem with the base in the satellite is its construction, although cement or concrete can be worn and even with lunar resources there is no water.
Another option arises through studies done since the 80s, NASA in collaboration with the University of Alabama in Huntsville, looking for ways to make cement without water and found sulfur, which is a volatile element that can be extracted from lunar soil with heat. to see if the performance of this type of cement is acceptable both for cooling and for the level of protection against radiation.
Very dependent on volume, but I'm sure moving to Mars (the return ticket is free) costs one day less than $ 500k and maybe even under $ 100k. Low enough that most advanced economies could sell their home on earth and move to Mars if they want.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 11, 2019