SPACEX has declared that it will press ahead with plans to send a manned-mission to Mars within the next 10 years, in spite of suffering a spate of explosions to its unmanned crafts.
Eccentric CEO Elon Musk is determined to be the first to get humans on Mars, and says that he will get “a meaningful number of people” to the Red Planet.
Furthermore, he upped his ambition by saying that it “can be accomplished in about 10 years, maybe sooner, maybe nine years,” he told Y Combinator.
The revelation has come as a surprise to some people after the company has seen a spate of its unmanned rockets explode in recent years, leading to fears that its manned-missions could prove disastrous.
The company is trying to create a line of reusable rockets, but several have burnt up on their return, and others have failed to even make it off the ground.
The most recent came earlier in September when its paramount Falcon 9 rocket blew up on the launchpad at Cape Canaveral.
The unmanned rocket was undergoing tests when it it apparently burst into flames.
Smoke could be seen billowing from miles away, with many taking to social media to upload pictures of the disaster.
In spite of this, South African-born Elon Musk, who also owns Tesla and PayPal, believes that humans should not be confined to Earth.
He said at the 2016 Startmeup Hong Kong Venture Forum: “Do we want a future where we are forever confined to one planet until some eventual extinction event, however far in the future that might occur?
“Or do we want to become a multi-fantasy species and then ultimately be out there among the stars, and be among many planets, many star systems?
“I think the latter is a far more exciting and inspiring future than the former.”