The business plan for Elon Musk’s useless Mars “colony” is space welfare from other governments.
When there’s no profitability in space travel the presence of Elon Musk in the field must mean he’s after space welfare. Decade after decade science fiction has seduced us with the “final frontier” and “to go where no man has gone before.” But for what?
There are resources under the ocean and at the polar regions. Yet we’ve not bother to colonize those much closer and less expensive frontiers. That’s because it isn’t profitable to do so.
A Mars colony makes even less sense.
That’s why Elon Musk’s plan is the get governments to finance the boondoggle.
He hopes if BRF launches, others will believe Mars travel is possible, and follow suit.
“The biggest thing that would be helpful is just general support and encouragement and goodwill,” Musk said. “I think once we build it we’ll have a point of proof something that other companies and countries can go and do. They certainly don’t think it’s possible, but if we do they’ll up their game.”
In the immediate term, Mars will need Glass domes, a power station, and an assortment of basic living fundamentals, he cautioned. After the infrastructure is complete, “then really the explosion of entrepreneurial opportunity [will begin], because Mars will need everything from iron foundries to pizza joints,” he said.
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