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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Wants To Live on Mars

Starship is also set to fly a private passenger -- Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa -- to Moon and is scheduled to start in 2023

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said there’s “70 per cent chance that he will go to Mars”, despite a “good chance” of him not surviving either on his way or after landing, the media reported.

“We’ve recently made a number of breakthroughs that I… am just really fired up about,” Musk was quoted as saying in an interview with Axios on HBO on Sunday, the CNET reported.

“I’m talking about moving there,” said a thrilled Musk, as he spoke about his ambition.

He, however, agreed that the risks were high.

“Your probability of dying on Mars is much higher than on Earth,” Musk said, adding “There’s a good chance of death.”

Even if you make it to Mars, you could still end up dying in its harsh conditions, but Musk remains certain he wants to go.

“There’s lots of people who climb mountains. People die on Mount Everest all the time,” Elon Musk said. “They still like doing it for the challenge.”

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Elon Musk. IANS

The SpaceX founder cautioned though that for those who want to go to the Red Planet they need to start saving because a voyage to Mars will cost “around a couple of hundred thousand dollars”.

Musk’s spaceship designed for interplanetary travel ‘Starship’ (formerly known as the BFR) is a fully reusable vehicle designed to take humans and supplies to Mars and also to dramatically cut travel time within Earth.

This two-stage vehicle — composed of a Booster and a Ship — is designed to eventually replace the company’s Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and the Dragon spacecraft.

It is designed to service all Earth orbit needs as well as the Moon and Mars.

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Starship is also set to fly a private passenger — Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa — to Moon and is scheduled to start in 2023.

Maezawa, 42, is the founder and CEO of Zozo, the largest online fashion retailer in Japan. (IANS)

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Self-driving Tesla Robotaxi Coming in 2020, Claims Elon Musk

Uber has shortlisted five countries — India, Japan, Australia, Brazil and France — and a city in one of them will become the first Uber Air City outside of the US

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that the electric car maker is ready to fly autonomous robotaxis from 2020.

Making a series of bold predictions during the Tesla Autonomy Day at the Palo Alto-based headquarters late on Monday, Musk said the company expects to get necessary approvals by 2020.

“I feel very confident predicting that there will be autonomous robotaxis from Tesla next year — not in all jurisdictions because we won’t have regulatory approval everywhere,” TechCrunch reported Musk as saying.

“In places where there aren’t enough people to share their cars, Tesla would provide a dedicated fleet of robotaxis,” the report added.

Tesla Founder and CEO hoped that robotaxis would return home and automatically park and recharge.

Tesla also unveiled a new Samsung-made microchip that, the company said, was being included in every new car.

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Tesla cars recharge at a Tesla station at a shopping center in Charlotte, N.C., June 24, 2017. Buyers of Tesla’s luxury models have access to a company-funded Supercharger network. VOA

Musk said that by the middle of 2020, Tesla’s autonomous system will have improved to the point where drivers will not have to pay attention to the road.

“We will have more than one million robotaxis on the road,” Musk said. “A year from now, we’ll have over a million cars with full self-driving, software… everything.”

He said Tesla would soon develop cars that could last for at least one million miles with minimal maintenance.

Taxi hailing company Uber is also planning the next generation of transportation – flying taxis.

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It has named Dallas and Los Angeles in the US as the first two cities for the commercial launch of its aerial taxi service by 2023 and has been on the lookout to select an international city as its third partner.

Uber has shortlisted five countries — India, Japan, Australia, Brazil and France — and a city in one of them will become the first Uber Air City outside of the US. (IANS)