Elon Musk says SpaceX could start testing Mars rockets in early 2019

Whilst talent is no doubt second nature to Elon Musk, one wouldn't pick the billionaire as a dedicated fan of American rapper/designer, Kanye West. While taking questions from his friend, Jonathan Nolan, Musk covered a whole range of topics, from A.I.to the source of his inspiration.

Toward that end, Musk is shifting his focus to developing the BFR, which could stand for "Big Falcon Rocket" or "Big F**king Rocket". While Mars missions are the ultimate goal, it should also be capable of return trips to the Moon (with in-space refueling) and space station resupply missions.

About an hour into the presentation, a third chair was brought on stage and Kimbal Musk, Elon's brother and an entrepreneur in the food-access space, joined in - wearing a cowboy hat and with a guitar in tow.

Musk also said once SpaceX's ship is built, he imagines it as a proofpoint for national space programs that will then "up their game and build interplanetary vehicles as well".

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Whether it's Bernie Sanders, Armie Hammer, or Flo Rida, you really never know who you'll see or run into around Austin during SXSW. "People have told me that my timelines historically have been optimistic", he said to great laughter from the audience. "We have to figure out some way to ensure that the advent of digital superintelligence is one which is symbiotic with humanity".

He cautioned that the first people to head to Mars would face situations "far more dangerous" than past settlement efforts, with a "good chance you'll die".

Artist's rendering of U.S. astronaut planting a flag on Mars. But besides the seriousness of some of his remarks, Musk did talk about some of his past ventures, including his Boring Company.

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