ADELAIDE, Australia (IAC PR) — Elon Musk will attend IAC2017 and deliver a short address to delegates on Friday 29 September in the afternoon. He plans to provide delegates with an update on his plans for settling Mars. His talk will also be live-streamed globally.
The Friday programme will also feature two interesting Late Breaking News on the Mars Base Camp, presented by Lockheed Martin and the Juno mission to Jupiter, presented by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Make sure not to miss these interesting events!
Editor’s Note: I’m hoping this plan is a bit more realistic than the one he presented last year. I thought it to be too ambitious technically. His time and cost estimates were utterly unrealistic (even more so than usual). As to what a settlement on Mars would cost and what it would do was largely missing from the presentation. It was, “well, I can get you there. The rest is up to you.’ Ummm….yeah. Which is to say, no.
The weakest part of the presentation was probably the rationale he put forward. Well, it would certainly be an adventure for humanity. And yes, we’d become a multi-planet species. The former is a given for anything we do beyond LEO. As for the latter….absent an existential threat to life on Earth, there’s no real urgency to it. And not much of a return on investment.
If Musk hoped the presentation last year would influence whoever won the U.S. presidential election, the effort seems to have been a failure. If anything, the Trump Administration seems to be leaning toward a return to the moon as an interim step to Mars. It’s no co-incidence that Musk has been saying nice things about a moon base in recent months.
I’m really curious as to whether Comic Book Guy (aka, Dick Rocket) and the Toilet Bowl Kid (name unknown) will show up again. They were completely cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. (Mr. Rocket seems even more cuckoo these days; of which, more in a future post.) Maybe Morgana the Kissing Bandit will appear as well.
It should be interesting to see what Mr. Musk comes up with.