Will we be heading to Mars soon?

For those of you who don’t know the Space Industry Association of Australia kicks off a special event every year – just like we have with SEMA and CES, only in this case the event – known as IAC or International Astronautical Congress – is used to bring together space professionals from all around the world to showcase new innovations in space travel, and every other space-related segment. With the IAC happening annually since 1950 without skipping a beat, IAC2017 is sure to bring some of the biggest players in the space game. Naturally, Elon Musk is going to be there, and while we’re not sure exactly what he will be doing, we have a feeling that it’s going to be big.

The man behind companies like Neuralink, Tesla, The Boring Company, and Hyperloop took to his Twitter page earlier this week saying, “Major improvements & some unexpected applications to be unveiled on Friday at @IAC2017 in Australia.” As for what this means, it’s hard to say, and we all know that Musk likes to remain precarious in the eyes of the public, so it could really mean anything. But, one thing is for sure – when Musk says he has some big news to share, he always delivers, so this is going to be good. Even though the Red Dragon program has been back burnered, Musk has also said that IAC could be the place that he announces the next big update about SpaceX and the Mars expedition. But, there are also these “unexpected applications.”

Musk’s companies have been known to work together from time to time. SpaceX has even saved Tesla big time in the production department in the past. As for what these unexpected applications could be, remains a mystery, but it wouldn’t be surprising if at least one company other than SpaceX has stepped into the race to Mars by helping out in one way or another. Maybe Tesla batteries will serve as a source of energy storage on the ship, or perhaps Tesla’s AutoPilot system, combined with Neuralink’s goal of connecting computers to brains will allow the first travelers to remain in something similar to suspended animation while still maintaining full control of the ship. Of course, that’s reaching a bit, but what do you think? We’ll be sure to update you when the big day gets here, and with any luck, we’ll have some prime information about our future colonization of Mars.

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