This Friday, SpaceX/Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk is expected to give a major updated version of his long-term plan regarding the creation of “a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars” during a presentation at the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) conference in Adelaide, Australia.
Musk’s speech, which according to a brief description of the talk will also provide “an update to his technical presentation from IAC 2016 regarding the long-term technical challenges that need to be solved” before sending thousands of people to the Martian surface, begins at 12:30 a.m. ET.
“Will be unveiling the new version on Friday afternoon at IAC Adelaide,” Musk, always the man of mystery, wrote on his Instagram account. “Certain aspects of the new design and its applications will be unexpected.”
This year’s IAC is set to attract around 3500 preeminent figures from the lengths and breadth of the spacefaring community, including the world’s leading space agencies. During last year’s IAC conference, Musk said SpaceX would have to collaborate with governments and the scientific community in order to make the Martian conquest a reality. Perhaps, he’ll also have some news for us on that front.
Brett Biddington, the CEO of the congress, said Musk’s decision to update the global space community about his plans on how humans will travel to and live on The Red Planet will be welcomed by delegates to IAC 2017.
By the way, you should be able to watch the event live via SpaceX or the IAC. In the meantime, below is a really cool simulation video, released this time last year, showing how the SpaceX Interplanetary Spaceship and Rocket design would work.