"It's hard, dangerous, [there's a] good chance you will die, excitement for those who survive, that kind of thing", Musk told the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, of his timeline for launching a Mars-bound space vehicle.
His spaceship is being built and the test flights will be short, up-and-down trips, Musk told an audience Sunday, adding that the ship will be fully reusable.
With the expectation that the interplanetary ship will be operational next year, Musk discussed the struggle that pioneering travelers may face. "Most likely, the form of government on Mars would be somewhat of a direct democracy", he said, with settlers having a direct vote on individual issues. "Excitement for those who survive".
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While Musk identified the first half of 2019 as a tentative launch date for the first Mars flights, he conceded that his timelines for new innovations have been "optimistic" in the past. "Once we have it, we'll have a sort-of point of proof, something that other countries and companies will go and do", he said.
"I think Mars should really have great bars", he added.
His comments about Mars came on heels of a successful launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket last month. The new SpaceX Falcon heavy rocket has also suffered delays before its maiden flight on February 6 this year, which, in a cosmic gimmick, launched a Tesla Roadster convertible auto towards Mars.