Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

New SpaceX Video Dramatically Reviews The Falcon Heavy Launch

New SpaceX Video Dramatically Reviews The Falcon Heavy Launch

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk told an audience at South by Southwest that his timeline for sending a space vehicle to Mars could mark its first milestone early next year.

The video serves as a nice summary of the massive undertaking that was the Falcon Heavy launch - which just so happened to include sending a red sports auto into space.

The ultimate goal is to establish a self-sustaining colony on the Red Planet.

Musk said he imagines Mars will have a direct democracy instead of the system of government used in the USA - a representative democracy - whereby elected officials represent a group of people.

Once Musk figures out how to get to Mars, the real work will begin, as humans will have to build everything they need to survive in the planet. It's prompted the internet to bestow Musk with the nickname "God-Emperor of Mars". He also speculated that "most likely, the form of government on Mars would be somewhat of a direct democracy", in which residents would vote directly on particular issues.

"It kind of reads like [Ernest] Shackleton's ad to Antarctic explorers: It's hard, dangerous, good chance you will die, excitement for those who survive, that kind of thing", Musk said. He pointed that the laws must be easy to understand and repeal them to protect freedom of human beings.

According to Musk, too many regulations can be harmful and keep a society from moving forward.

"The biggest thing that would be helpful is just general support and encouragement and goodwill", Musk said.

But after the infrastructure is complete, "then really the explosion of entrepreneurial opportunity [will begin] because Mars will need everything from iron foundries to pizza joints", he said, CNBC reported. Having settlements on Mars could "shorten the length of the Dark Ages" to come, he said. (Nothing, except for Tesla.) What is his biggest mistake? This meant the debut of a promotional trailer Nolan helped create for SpaceX's successful Falcon Heavy launch back in February.

Musk admitted as much about his habit of blowing through deadlines with a sarcastic comment from the SXSW stage. While this is good news for the rest of us, we should take it with some caution because Musk noted that his timelines tend to be "optimistic", but at least he gave us a time frame. "I'm trying to 'recalibrate" to some degree here".

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