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Despite its recent setback, the private space firm still has its sights set firmly on the future.
Following the catastrophic ( and still unexplained ) loss of one of its Falcon 9 rockets earlier this month, Elon Musk’s SpaceX has vowed to continue striving towards its vision of a future in which humans travel, live and work, not only in space, but in colonies on other worlds.
At next week’s International Aeronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, Musk is expected to give a talk entitled ‘Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species’ in which, among other things, he will provide new details about the company’s plans to found a human settlement on the planet Mars.
In particular there are hints that he will be discussing a new spacecraft called the Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) which is capable of carrying as many as 100 people to Mars.