Can Elon Musk retire on Mars in 2023?
by Sam Dinkin
|Even 240 flights to Mars is probably not enough to create a comfortable retirement destination. Not unreasonably, Musk has a plan to make settling Mars a profitable business.|
SpaceX has demonstrated its Grasshopper vehicle, which has proven SpaceX’s mastery of vertical landing. And there are more hints of reusability, the Holy Grail that can get the cost of a rocket flight down from greater than $100 million to less than $10 million. At $100 per pound, a flight to orbit is competitive with a first-class flight to Australia. But where is there to go?
Even 240 flights to Mars is probably not enough to create a comfortable retirement destination. Not unreasonably, Musk has a plan to make settling Mars a profitable business so there will be a full retirement community for people to reminisce about how hard spaceflight used to be.
After turning the world of rockets upside down with SpaceX and doing better at lithium batteries at Tesla than Boeing or Airbus and all his previous successful ventures, I’d say he’s a favorite to retire on Mars. Elon Musk can join the AARP in just under 10 years.
I want to go too. I’ll pay the $500,000 ticket price. Where do I sign up?