Elon Musk has predicted that SpaceX’s novel spaceship will hopefully reach distances beyond the Red Planet.
Termed the Mars Colonial Transporter, the spaceship is to be renamed by SpaceX CEO and founder, Elon Musk. He claims that since it can go well beyond Mars, it will have to be given a new epithet.
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This statement was seen to appear on Musk’s Twitter account on September 16th. This spaceship is part of a series of space vehicles that are meant to spread colonies of human beings on the Martian surface.
Turns out MCT can go well beyond Mars, so will need a new name…— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 17, 2016
Many of Musk’s fans and followers on Twitter took to suggesting names for the spacecraft. Among the various strange labels were “Indestructible II”, “Millennium”, “Booster McBoosterface” and “Heart of Gold”.
The last of these was actually the name given to a spaceship in Douglas Adams’ novel “A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy”. This one is something which Musk is familiar with.
According to TechCrunch, Musk answered the tweet by saying that this was his favorite fictional spaceship. He furthermore spoke of how it was powered by improbability.
Maybe Ultimate Spaceship, Version 2? Mostly because it is not the ultimate and there isn't a version 1.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 17, 2016
However, later on Elon Musk said that he had decided to name the spaceship “Interplanetary Transport System”. This spaceship’s name can be given the acronym ITS.
Elon Musk reminded his fans and followers on Twitter that he will be revealing more regarding this interplanetary spaceship at the IAC which is due next week in Mexico.
Part of the demo will be a clip from “The Lego Movie” which shows the 1980’s astronaut character constructing and guiding his Lego spaceship with a whole lot of gumption.
Musk himself laid the foundation of SpaceX for the sake of the colonization of Mars. It was 14 years ago in time when SpaceX was started as a viable startup.
The ultimate goal of Musk is to make humanity a multi-planetary species. This is the kind of thinking which overdoes it so that one’s grasp may exceed one’s reach. Yet it just may work in the final analysis.
In 2018, an uncrewed mission will be sent to the Red Planet. After that every two years or so, more missions will be sent to Mars. If things remain as per schedule, the ITS will be launched with the first human beings on board and it will be headed for Mars in 2024.
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Musk wants to take giant steps. Beyond Mars lies a whole set of planets just waiting to be conquered and human settlements on them would be a swell thing.