Sunday, March 11, the head of the company SpaceX Elon Musk, speaking at a technology fair in Austin (Texas, USA), has announced that the first test flight of a spacecraft designed for expeditions for the exploration of Mars, scheduled for 2019, reports CNBC.
— Simulation of an expedition to Mars in the Israeli desert. Photos
The evaluation Mask, the ship will be ready for test flight in the first half of 2019.
Project Mars mission formally started in September 2017. His goal of sending a mission to Mars in 2022, which will begin training with the creation of a colony on the red planet.
In the short term, according to the Mask, creating the «glass domes», power plant and other elements of the life support systems that will be necessary for colonists on Mars.