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Tech & ScienceSpaceX can beat NASA and land on moon 'within two years', says Musk

12:51  20 july  2019
12:51  20 july  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

NASA just set preliminary dates for its commercial crew launches, with SpaceX in the lead

NASA just set preliminary dates for its commercial crew launches, with SpaceX in the lead There's a space race happening right now. It's not between the United States and Russia, or any nations at all, for that matter, but it's definitely happening.

Elon Musk , the billionaire founder of SpaceX , has claimed it would be easier for his company to land on the moon than try to convince NASA that the He told Time: "Certainly with an uncrewed vehicle I believe we could land on the moon in two years . So then maybe within a year or two of that we

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk claims his company could take humans to the moon by 2021 – three 'It may literally be easier to just land Starship on the moon than try to convince Nasa that we can,' Musk says . Certainly with an uncrewed vehicle I believe we could land on the moon in two years ,” he

SpaceX can beat NASA and land on moon 'within two years', says Musk © Getty Elon Musk acknowledged his plan to beat NASA sounded 'pretty crazy'

Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of SpaceX, has claimed it would be easier for his company to land on the moon than try to convince NASA that the company is up to the task.

In an interview with Time magazine, Musk acknowledged he was going to "sound pretty crazy", before stating: "I think we could land on the moon in less than two years."

Marking the 50th anniversary since the Apollo 11 mission in which humans first stepped onto the moon, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine has told Sky News the agency is sending a woman to the moon in 2024.

SpaceX can beat NASA and land on moon 'within two years', says Musk © Press Release The picture of SpaceX's new rocket Starship. Pic: Elon Musk

However, Musk, who is SpaceX's chief executive, is optimistic about his company's ability to reach the moon by 2021, and potentially by 2022 with crew.

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SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk claims it's easier for his company to land on the moon than convince NASA that the company is up to the task. In an interview with Time Magazine, Musk admitted that he sounded "pretty crazy" before saying , "I think we could land on the moon in less than two years ."

Moon missions are becoming a bit like buses, it seems as though you wait the best part of 50 years for a return trip to the moon , then within a matter of weeks, two , turn up at once. This comes within a week or so after Elon Musk releveled SpaceX ’s plans to send a couple of paying space tourists on

He told Time: "Certainly with an uncrewed vehicle I believe we could land on the moon in two years. So then maybe within a year or two of that we could be sending crew."

He explained that "we" did not necessarily mean the United States, but could just refer to SpaceX.

"If it were to take longer to convince NASA and the authorities that we can do it versus just going it, the we might just do it," Musk added.

"It may literally be easier to just land Starship on the moon than try to convince NASA that we can."

Starship is the company's new spacecraft, which will only complete sub-orbital flights, or "hops", racing high into the atmosphere before landing back on Earth.

An orbital version has been developed which will work in conjunction with SpaceX's new rocket booster called the Super Heavy.

The orbital version is taller, has thicker skins which will not wrinkle when exposed to the pressure of orbital flight, and also has a smoothly curving nose section.

The spacecraft has been troubled this year, with a prototype being toppled and damaged by high winds in Texas back in January.

A blaze at the experimental facility in California earlier this month caused up to $100,000 (£80,000) damage to equipment and infrastructure.

Musk promises Starship update after NASA interest.
Elon Musk has promised an update on the development of SpaceX's new spacecraft Starship in the next few weeks. His comments follow the completion of a NASA assessment which could see the vehicle take astronauts back to the moon and potentially to Mars. Commenting on Twitter, the SpaceX founder said the update would take place on 24 August from Boca Chica, where the company has been testing a prototype of Starship.

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