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TechnologyElon Musk expects SpaceX ticket to Mars will cost $500,000

00:45  12 february  2019
00:45  12 february  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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— Elon Musk , SpaceX . Building Moon bases and Mars cities will require affordable delivery of significant quantities of cargo and people. The fully reusable Starship system uses in- space propellant transfer to enable the delivery of over 100t of useful mass to the surface of the Moon or Mars .

Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk says SpaceX is developing a plan for trips to Mars that will eventually cost just $ 500 , 000 per seat. Musk founded SpaceX 10 years ago and interplanetary travel has always been one of his goals for the company. Few details were provided about the Martian voyage

It's time to start chucking some cash into your Mars vacation fund. SpaceX's interplanetary Starship hasn't even left Earth yet, but Elon Musk is already speculating about the price of a ticket to Mars.

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In a tweet on Sunday, Musk said he's confident that moving to Mars will one day cost less than $500,000 (£390,000, AU$710,00), though that price tag is "very dependent on volume."

Musk thinks the ticket price could eventually dip below $100,000, cheap enough that "most people in advanced economies could sell their home on Earth and move to Mars if they want."

A half-million bucks sounds like a lot of money, but compare that to the over $200,000 price to experience weightlessness on a Virgin Galactic flight or $9.5 million for a vacation on a proposed luxury space station.

One of the most important tidbits in Musk's tweet is that the return ticket will be free. If you move to Mars and decide you don't like the potatoes, you can head on back to Earth.

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Elon Musk leads Space Exploration Technologies ( SpaceX ), where he oversees the development and manufacturing of advanced rockets Founded in 2002, SpaceX ’s mission is to enable humans to become a spacefaring civilization and a multi-planet species by building a self-sustaining city on Mars .

SpaceX , Elon Musk ’s rocket company, released a video simulation of a journey to Mars . Mr. Musk estimated it would cost billion to develop the rocket, and he Mr. Musk said the first flights would be “fairly expensive” but ticket prices might eventually fall to between 0, 000 and 0, 000 a person.

SpaceX's stainless steel Starship is under development. The company built a "hopper" prototype to test takeoffs and landings and is also testing the Raptor rocket engine that will power it.

Prior to taking a shot at Mars, SpaceX plans to send Starship around the moon in 2023 with tourists on board.

Musk himself has estimated his chances of moving to Mars at 70 percent. He's been flirting with a Mars account on Twitter, so it's no surprise he might want to take his cosmic crush to the next level.

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The Raptor engine is designed to power Starship to our lunar neighbor and beyond.

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