SpaceX’s CEO Elon Musk says the company is “looking at” building a massive space station on the moon for around $10bn.
In an interview with The Verge, Musk said that the company’s goal was to be able to put a “space station for about a trillion dollars” on the lunar surface by 2024.
This would include not just a space habitat, but also an orbital outpost, an orbital launch pad, and other facilities to support human space exploration.
“We’re definitely thinking about doing it for $1.5-2 trillion,” Musk said.
“That’s a lot of money.
That’s going to be a pretty substantial investment, but it’s a significant investment in terms of what we’re going to get out of it.”
Musk said that although SpaceX was working on a plan to build a moonbase for around the $10-billion figure, he had not finalized the details of the project.
Musk said he had no plans to go public with his plans.
The company will be the first company to launch its next-generation Falcon 9 rocket.
The rocket, which is the first of the Falcon 9’s upgraded variants to enter service, will be able launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, to the International Space Station (ISS) by 2024, with a new launch pad being constructed there.
A SpaceX spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.