Elon Musk has been for making courageous declarations. He started SpaceX in 2002 with a firm objective of making the space travel feasible and affordable through full reusable rockets. His company in 2014 marked the first success with the first triumphant recovery of Falcon 9 basic stage. And recently in Feb of this year, SpaceX released it Falcon Heavy and successfully recovered two of its boosters out of three.
But beyond the reusability commitment, his long-term plans cannot be ignored which demands launch of Big Falcon Rocket for exploration and colonization of Mars. The interview between Musk and Jonathon Nolan famed director was based on the subject of when will be rocket ready for the launch. This interview was carried took place at 2018 South by Southwest Conference (SXSW) in Austin.
In the interview, repeated his previous statements that in 2019 test flights operation will be initiated, while the launch of Big Falcon Spaceship (BFS) and BFR will take place in 2020. The prediction seems to be optimistic though, but the given timeline doesn’t seem to be completely unbelievable on the basis of the required components and success based on reusability.
As per the information given by Musk, the dimensions of the BFR will be 9 meters (30 ft) in diameter and 106 meters (348 ft) in height. The ascent mass will 150 Tons (136,000 kg) and will carry 110 tons (99,700 kg) of propellant. The return mass will be 50 Tons. The rocket will be capable to transit the payload of 150,000 kg to Low-Earth Orbit (LEO). This payload is almost 2.5x of the Falcon Heavy payload.
Following these schedules led by Elon Musk, now the curiosity remains that who will be staying migrated for the permanent stay on Mars and Moon both. The vision of Musk now can be said is beyond the sky limits.