SpaceX shock: Elon Musk's firm boosts its Mars colonisation plan as it hosts careers day

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The firm is hosting a career day in Boca Chica, in Texas, the same place where the big spaceship is being put together.

Elon Musk, CEO and founder of SpaceX, said via Twitter: “This is mainly for staffing up 4 production shifts for 24/7 operations, but engineers, supervisors & support personnel are certainly needed too.

This followed a tweet in which he wrote: “Going max hardcore on design/production Starship here in Boca.

“It’s awesome! Feels a bit like a Mars simulator.”

Starship is reported to be 50 metres tall.

The spacecraft is designed to take people to and from Mars, the Moon, plus other locations in outer space.

SpaceX shock: Elon Musk's firm boosts its Mars colonisation plan as it hosts careers day

Starship is reported to be 50 metres tall. (Image: Getty)

SpaceX shock: Elon Musk's firm boosts its Mars colonisation plan as it hosts careers day

SpaceX founder Elon Musk (Image: Getty)

Starship will be launched from Super Heavy, a huge rocket, while it is capable of getting itself off the Moon and Mars.

However, there is a long way to go.

So far, only single-engine prototype Starhopper has been fully realised.

It made a few flights in 2019 but has since been put into retirement.

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SpaceX shock: Elon Musk's firm boosts its Mars colonisation plan as it hosts careers day

Starship will be launched from Super Heavy, a huge rocket, while it is capable of getting itself off (Image: Getty)

SpaceX has now put in the appropriate paperwork with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, as to be certified to launch a 12-mile-high (20 kilometeres) test flight with Starship.

The Verge say it will commence between March and September this year.

If things work out, SpaceX representatives have stated that its first missions, which will consist of transporting satellites, could occur as soon as 2021.

One customer has already booked their place to travel, in what would be the consumeristic space flight.

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SpaceX shock: Elon Musk's firm boosts its Mars colonisation plan as it hosts careers day

One customer has already booked their place to travel, in what would be the consumeristic space flig (Image: Getty)

SpaceX shock: Elon Musk's firm boosts its Mars colonisation plan as it hosts careers day

SpaceX has now put in the appropriate paperwork with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. (Image: Getty)

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has booked a round-the-moon fight, set for 2023.

But it comes as the SpaceX project reportedly suffered a setback in its bid to provide internet across the world, with astronomers stating that there is a legal case to be fought in order to halt the firm’s ambitions.

Starlink is the name of SpaceX’s satellite broadband project that endeavours to see tens of thousands of satellites orbiting the Earth.

The hope is that this will see everyone on the planet have access to the internet everywhere.

So far, though, of the 42,000 planned satellites, only 240 have been sent into space.

Now astronomers are looking into pursing legal action against SpaceX, in the hope to stop it launching any more.

The Astronomical Observatory of Trieste in Italy state that the night sky is a right of every human under the World Heritage Convention in and shouldn’t be intruded upon.

SpaceX shock: Elon Musk's firm boosts its Mars colonisation plan as it hosts careers day

So far, though, of the 42,000 planned satellites, only 240 have been sent into space. (Image: Getty)

The astronomers wrote: “The harm here is damage to our cultural heritage, the night sky.

“And monetary damages due to the loss of radio and other types of astronomy.

“It would be desirable to adopt contingent and limiting resolutions to be ratified as shared international rules.”


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