Elon Musk, a man prone to ludicrous deadlines, has birthed another: test flights of his Mars spaceship next year.”I think we’ll be able to do short flights, up and down flights, some time in the first half of next year,” he told an audience at the South by South West (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas.He said it was vital humans reached the Red Planet before the next “probable” world war.A Mars colony, he said, would reduce the chance of an extended new Dark Ages if a nuclear conflict was to wipe out life on Earth.But, aware of his reputation, he added: “Sometimes my timelines are a little… y’know.”More pressing to Mr Musk, and the investors that enable him, might be the backlog of orders for the Model 3, Tesla’s “affordable” new car. The company is still way behind on its production targets.Life on MarsBut enough about reality.Elon Musk is unquestionably the most interesting businessman in Silicon Valley – arguably the world – thanks to his almost single-handed reignition of the space race.After a string of failed rockets – and near bankruptcy – SpaceX wowed the world with its Falcon Heavy flight, in February. SpaceX and Tesla alive ‘by skin of… Read full this story
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