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Mars rocket will fly short flights next year: Musk

IANS  |  Washington 

Billionaire has said that his company will be ready to fly its Mars rocket in 2019, the media reported.

"We are building the first ship, or interplanetary ship, right now," quoted Musk as saying on Sunday at ongoing festival in Austin,

"And we'll probably be able to do short flights, short up and down flights, during the first half of next year."

Musk said last year that his Mars rocket, called or Big Falcon Rocket, could one day fly people from city to city on Earth in incredibly short time spans, touting that it would take 30 minutes to hop from to

He said at the time that he hoped a will land on Mars in 2022, and the first missions will send cargo, reported.

Eventually, the rocket will host convoys of people and their belongings.

The ultimate goal is to establish a self-sustaining colony on the Red Planet.



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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 09:46 IST