Elon Musk, CEO and founder of private space exploration company SpaceX, is set to announce its multi-million-project Mars expedition in a live telecast today, Tuesday, September 27.
The billionaire space enthusiast is set to venture into, by far, the biggest and most expensive private-led space expedition. Musk’s speech is one of the highlights of the 67th International Aeronautics Congress (IAC) currently being held in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Elon Must at IAC 2016
The IAC 2016, which is dubbed as the ‘Olympic Games of Space’, highlights the latest developments in the field of telecommunications in space technologies. Musk, who is one of the key resource speakers in this year’s IAC, will be talking about some of the long-term challenges that the industry needs to address in order to send self-sustaining human explorers into the red planet.
“The technical presentation will focus on potential architectures for sustaining humans on the Red Planet that industry, government and the scientific community can collaborate on in the years ahead,” the IAC 2016 primer reads.
The event, which will run from September 16-30, features key personalities in the field of space exploration who will share invaluable technical knowledge in the field not only to the attendees, but even to the public via live streaming of its plenary sessions.
First Humans on Mars
A day before Musk’s scheduled talk at the IAC 2016, SpaceX has done a successful test of its ‘Raptor’ rocket engine, a highly advanced rocket engine that would take the first humans to Mars by 2024, Musk released via a series of tweets Monday.
This methane-fueled rocket engine is the first-of-its-kind that’s capable of lifting SpaceX’s Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) with a carrying capacity of up to 100 tons into the red planet.
SpaceX eyes to send an unmanned ITS into Mars in 2018, and by 2024, an ITS carrying the first humans will soon land on Mars, the Engadget reported.
To watch Musk’s live plenary session, you may visit this link.