- Elon Musk said he would like to build cars on the Red Planet
- The comments were made during Tesla’s shareholder meeting last week
- Tesla has four manufacturing facilities and is currently building two more
- Musk says first crewed flight to the Red Planet could happen in 2026
- They believe that by 2050 there could be 1 million people living on Mars
Elon Musk Has Some Ambitious Plans to Put Humans on Mars and Now richest man in the world He said that he would like to build cars on the Red Planet.
During Tesla’s shareholder meeting in Austin, Texas, last week, Musk, 50, said an ‘off-planet factory’ idea might not happen in the near future, but it is a possibility in his lifetime.
“So, we are several years before Tesla’s first off-planet factory will build ‘off-planet’ vehicles, as was first reported,” Musk said in response to a shareholder’s question. Fox Business.
‘I mean, I’d like to see one before I die. that would be cool.
‘So, I don’t know what got us like 40 years-ish. Hopefully, before I die, basically. that would be great.’
Musk, 50, said the idea of an ‘off-planet factory’ may not happen in the near future, but it is a possibility in his lifetime.
Tesla has four manufacturing facilities worldwide producing its cars
Currently, Tesla has four manufacturing facilities on Earth – Fremont, California, Sparks, Nevada, Buffalo, New York (focused on solar power) and Shanghai, China.
It is in the process of building two others: one in Berlin, Germany and another in Austin, Texas, known as Giga Texas.
Two other manufacturing facilities are currently being built, one in Berlin, Germany (pictured)
Tesla is in the process of building another factory in the US, which is located in Austin, Texas, known as Giga Texas.
The idea of placing industry in space and off Earth is nothing new to the world’s wealthiest.
In July, following his flight into space, Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos said the polluting industry needed to move to space to protect Earth’s environment.
‘We need to take all the heavy industry, all the polluting industry and move it into space. And keep Earth as this beautiful gem of a planet,’ Bezos told msnbc.
“We live on this beautiful planet,” Bezos continued. ‘You can’t imagine how thin the atmosphere is when you look at it from space.
‘We live in it, and it looks huge. It’s like, you know, this environment is huge and we can disregard it and treat it poorly. When you get up there and look at it, you see how small it is and how fragile it is.’
In February, Musk unveiled an ambitious plan to put humans on Mars by 2026, seven years before NASA intends to send astronauts to the Red Planet.
To do this, Musk’s company, SpaceX, is building its powerful Starship rocket (with a super heavy booster) that can carry humans and supplies to the Moon and Mars.
SpaceX Starship: a reusable rocket to reach Mars by 2026
The BFR (Big F***ing Rocket), now known as Starship, will perform all missions and is smaller than what Musk announced in 2016.
The SpaceX CEO said the rocket would make its first trip to the Red Planet in 2024, carrying only cargo, followed by a manned mission in 2026 and claimed that other SpaceX products would be ‘cannibalized’ to pay for it .
The rocket will be partially reusable and will be able to fly directly from Earth to Mars.
Once built, Musk believes the rocket could be used for travel back to Earth – adding that passengers would be able to get anywhere in less than an hour.
Once humans get to Mars, Musk has said he believes there will be 1 million people on Mars by 2050 through a controversial plan to terraform the Red Planet and make it habitable in ‘glass’ can live in the domes of.
If this plan comes to fruition, it won’t be the first Tesla in space.
In 2018, Musk sent a red Tesla Roadster (with a dummy known as Starman) aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket.
Currently, the Roadster is about 167 million miles from Earth, according to WhereisRoadster.com.
It’s not clear how long it will take to get a manufacturing facility up and running on Mars, but Musk said it takes about two years to build a new factory and get production in volume for production on Earth.
Last week, Musk made an appearance at the Berlin Gigafactory, sparking controversy in the country, and noted that the first cars should come off the production line early next month.
Controversies surrounding the facility may stem from environmental impact, with consultations on public concerns toward the site closing on 14 October.
“It’s good to start production, but volume production is the hard part,” Musk told the audience at a celebration at the plant site.
Several attendees livestreamed the speech on social media. “It will take longer to reach higher production than it took to build the factory,” he said.
He said volume production would amount to 5,000 or ‘hopefully’ 10,000 vehicles per day, and battery cells would be made in volume by the end of next year.
He defended the factory against critics of its environmental impact, saying it used ‘relatively little’ water and that battery cell production was ‘sustainable’.
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Jeff Bezos in front of Blue Origin’s space capsule
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Amazon founder Bezos was the first of the three to fly into space after he announced plans to launch in the New Shepard spacecraft of his space company Blue Origin on July 20, but Branson punched him.
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