Elon Musk, the creator of SpaceX, announced on Saturday that the Starship human lander would be ready for a lunar trip by 2024.
When questioned about the company’s design schedule, Musk replied on Twitter, “Probably sooner.”
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The “most ambitious date feasible” for a return to the moon, according to NASA, is 2024.
Musk’s forecast is the latest in a string of optimistic statements from the entrepreneur, who has often said that he would utilize his wealth to make life “multiplanetary.”
When it was reported this week that NASA’s spacesuit development was behind schedule and that they may not be ready until 2025, Musk stated, “SpaceX could accomplish it if need be.”
In April, SpaceX was awarded a $2.89 billion NASA contract to develop and construct a lunar lander. Two other bids, including a team headed by Blue Origin, a private space firm established by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, were defeated by the corporation’s plan.
Blue Origin filed a protest, and the contract was put on hold awaiting a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Blue Origin’s objection was rejected by the GAO on July 30. Musk’s SpaceX was given another $300 million on the same day, according to documents originally revealed on Twitter by CNBC’s Michael Sheetz on Saturday. Sheetz’s tweet sparked a conversation that culminated in Musk’s forecast that SpaceX’s landing will be ready by 2024.
The GAO’s judgment, NASA announced on July 30, enabled SpaceX and the agency to set a timetable for the first crewed trip to the moon in more than 50 years. NASA has said that crewed Artemis missions would be tested by 2023, with a first lunar landing in 2024.
The CIA said in its Artemis summary that “The year 2024 is not chosen at random. Our success on the Moon, and subsequently on Mars, will be based on our national objectives and strong capabilities.”
The agency said that “sustainable lunar exploration in the mid to late 2020s” will follow.
Blue Origin and SpaceX founders have sparred over designs and contracts. Musk ridiculed a picture of a prototype of Blue Lunar, a competitor’s moon lander, last week.
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