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The BFR in Images: SpaceX's Giant Spaceship for Mars Colony & Beyond

SpaceX's Vision for a Mars City

SpaceX's Vision for a Mars City

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SpaceX aims to launch its first Mars cargo missions in 2022 and the first crews in 2024. If all goes according to plan, these first flights will plant the seeds of a permanent, sustainable city on the Red Planet.

SpaceX Mars Transportation Architecture

SpaceX Mars Transportation Architecture

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Diagram showing SpaceX's basic plan for launching cargo and people to Mars at an affordable price.

The BFR Is Indeed Big

The BFR Is Indeed Big

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SpaceX’s envisioned BFR will be bigger and far more powerful than the company’s other rockets.

BFR from the Side

BFR from the Side

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The BFR will be capable of lofting 150 tons of payload to low Earth orbit, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said.

BFR Spaceship: Top View

BFR Spaceship: Top View

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The BFR spaceship will feature 40 cabins, each of which will likely house two to three people on a typical Mars trip.

BFR Spaceship: Rear View

BFR Spaceship: Rear View

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The BFR spaceship’s six Raptor engines will allow it to reach Mars after a journey of three to six months.

BFR Spaceships on the Moon

BFR Spaceships on the Moon

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The BFR architecture isn’t Mars-specific; the system could help establish a base on the moon, Musk said.

From Earth to the Moon

From Earth to the Moon

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The BFR spaceship could make it from Earth orbit to the lunar surface and back again without needing to refuel, Musk said.

BFR Spaceship at the ISS

BFR Spaceship at the ISS

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Artist’s illustration of the BFR spaceship docked at the International Space Station.

BFR Spaceship Deploying a Satellite

BFR Spaceship Launching a Satellite

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The BFR system will be able to launch very large satellites, Musk said.