Elon Musk, the man behind SpaceX and Tesla Motors, took time off from rescheduling the Falcon 9 landing to take part in an “Ask Me Anything” question and answer session yesterday on Reddit. The impromptu interview yielded some interesting information on his upcoming ideas regarding the development of spacecraft and other equipment for a mission to Mars.
SpaceX already handles resupply flights to the ISS (International Space Station). Musk, however, is determined to make mankind an “interplanetary species” of space explorers. Towards that end, he said that SpaceX is finalizing the design of a new, proprietary spacesuit.
Musk and company are focusing on both form and function. He stated that the design will be exceptionally aesthetic and specifically useful to the astronauts who wear them. Musk confesses it has been a challenge but he is hoping to unveil the suit before the close of 2015.
When questioned about an actual manned mission to the Mars Musk estimated that a trip to the red planet would probably require 100 metric ton payloads in order to ensure that the astronauts would be equipped with the required quantities of material, supplies and tools to make a manned mission to Mars a success. He made it quite clear, of course, that the real priority is in having a large spacecraft complete with strong booster systems.
Not all inquiring minds mentioned mars however. Musk was also questioned about his favorite alcoholic beverage—which he said was whiskey—and he was also asked about what he did in his off hours.
Musk mentioned playing Warcraft and confessed that one of his current favorite games is “Kerbal Space Program” which is a simulation that utilizes “real-world’ physics and allows users to not only design and build but test their own rockets.
Finally, Musk offered a quote from Winston Churchill to struggling, hopeful tech designers: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
SpaceX’s Elon Musk: Move To Mars