London, Jan 8 (): Co-founder of PayPal and private space entrepreneur, billionaire Elon Musk hopes to build a small city on Mars that could ultimately accommodate up to 80,000 pioneers.
Tycoon Elon Musk is successfully running PayPal, the internet payment system and doing excellent space business through his Falcon 9 rocket that delivers cargo to the International Space Station for NASA. The Falcon Heavy rocket is being developed by Elon’s company SpaceX and has a thrust equivalent to 15 Boeing 747 aircrafts and can carry satellites or spacecraft weighing more than 53 tonnes into orbit.
The successful 41-year-old businessman has said that the new civilisation would run off sustainable technology and cater only to vegetarians. The global e-commerce businessman while speaking to the Royal Aeronautical Society revealed that he had been waiting ten years to share his vision.
If he had shared his vision much before, then his vision would have seemed ridiculous because there were no rockets, no infrastructure and NASA was the only game in town – and it had no schedule for exploring Mars.
He added that he hoped with his work and many others working in the private sector, the mission would be coming closer to reality. He assures that on Mars we could start a self-sustaining civilisation and grow it into something really big.
In 2002, Elon Musk founded his third company SpaceX. Last November, the 146-year-old Royal Aeronautical Society awarded Musk a gold medal for his contribution to space exploration.
Earlier, the California-based engineer has talked about sending the Mass Cargo Transport rocket – powered by liquid oxygen and methane, to Mars, carrying volunteers for about 300,000 pounds a person.
The billionaire and one of America’s most respected private space entrepreneurs said that the challenges remain daunting, which also has dangers of deep-space radiation, bone-rot and toxic dust. He says the size of the new society should be around 80,000 people. If too few, the gene and culture pool would dry up and if too many, you risk civil war.