SpaceX chief Elon Musk tweeted two photos that give us a glimpse into the Martian dream of the company. One of the images shows the BFR, the huge rocket Spacex is developing for a deep space mission, while the second shows the BFR and what he called “Mars base alpha”. It is no secret that private space corporation wants to make human settlement on the red planet. In 2017, he announced his plan to launch two BFR cargo missions in Mars by 2022 for the arrival of the first Martin settlers by 2022. Before any of these can happen, SpaceX should be able to start testing of its BFR system in the first half of 2019.
SpaceX also wants to use the BFR to build a base on the moon and return from the faithful partner of our planet. The company showed its Moon Base alpha and Mars City concepts on Instagram in 2017. Both posts were removed, but the moon base image showed a different BFR design than one of the Mars base base photos, because SpaceX updated the appearance of the rocket and this year components to add larger feathers.
Musk had previously announced to carry two BFR cargo missions to Mars by 2022. So in order to be prepared for what’s coming and stick to the original timeline announced by the SpaceX chief himself, the company seems to be planning to start testing its BFR system early next year.
We have a long wait to see if the actual basis changes anything like their concepts or not. Musk said that this would probably take the company to make the company until 2028, but note that the CEO’s timetable is optimistic.