SpaceX to Mars: Boca Chica may figure in Martian plans

BROWNSVILLE — SpaceX’s Boca Chica launch site may some day be a departure point for flights to Mars.

That’s according to the company’s founder, Elon Musk, in a presentation yesterday at the International Aeronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Musk’s talk, which was streamed live online, laid out highly technical, detailed plans for development of a space vehicle capable of getting humans to the red planet in sufficient numbers to colonize it, build a city and create a self-sustaining civilization.

His primary goal, and the sole reason he’s busy accumulating assets, is to do the best thing Musk can think of for humankind: make it an interplanetary species in order to ensure its survival, he said.

“What I really want to achieve here is to make Mars seem possible, something we can do in our lifetimes,” Musk said.

One of the biggest obstacles is making the per-passenger cost of a trip relatively affordable, he said. With the traditional approach that sent Apollo astronauts to the moon, a single ticket to Mars would cost about $10 billion, Musk said.

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