The Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (aka just SpaceX) is an aerospace and space transport company based in Hawthorne, California. SpaceX is perhaps the most forward-thinking company out of The Big 6. Its core concept is reusable spacecraft. One big advantage of this is a significant reduction in the cost of going to space. Either for materials, satellites or humans. This could revolutionise an entire industry that used to be exclusive for governments.
Spacecraft aside, the ultimate goal for SpaceX has is to colonise other planets. Elon Musk has actually laid out a plan for this. This relies on the success of the Falcon Heavy. Orbital testing will be from 2020 to late 2023 then Mars missions from late 2022 and every two years after that (aligned with the orbit of Mars).
On top of this, SpaceX is developing Starlink, a global ISP. With hundreds of satellites already launched, this could provide significant funding to the SpaceX Starship/Mars missions. We expect Starlink to begin a mass rollout of service across the world in 2022 or 2023.
We would usually be a little sceptic about such ambitious plans. However, of all the entities that can put people on Mars, SpaceX would be the most likely. The reason for this is they don’t have to have their budget and missions regulated by any governmental department. They only have to answer to Mr Musks dreams. Additionally, we have high faith in Mr Musk’s ability to continue to revolutionise the space industry. Lastly, SpaceX is already testing Starship prototypes in Boca Chica. Our predictions are only slightly altered from SpaceX’s estimates. Assuming all goes to plan and allowing for delays, SpaceX could be taking passengers to a small Martian colony by 2030-2034. For a price of $200,000. By 2045 after roughly 20 years since the first missions, therefore proving sustainability, and having the first humans born on another planet, we’d expect work to start on the first Martian city. The name of this city we could probably have a guess at now, ‘ELON’.