Elon Musk, speaking at SXSW, projects Mars spaceship will be ready for short trips by first half of 2019
SpaceX almost died a decade ago while it was still trying to launch its first rocket, Falcon 1. “Just ten years ago, we couldn’t even reach orbit with little Falcon 1, tweeted Musk.
In fact, Musk says he messed up the first three launches and he was running out of money. “A fourth failure would have been absolutely game over, said Musk. But in September of 2008, SpaceX successfully launched Falcon 1.
Afterward, SpaceX received a $1.5 billion contract with NASA which helped save the company. “I couldn’t even hold the phone,”
said Musk. “I just blurted out, I love you guys!”
SpaceX has since launched many rockets, including 50 launches of the Falcon 9 which is most notable for being reusable but Musk isn’t finished yet. He wants to travel to Mars so that he can help build a better future for humanity. “It’s important to have a future that is inspiring and appealing,” said Musk.