"And we'll probably be able to do short flights, short up and down flights, probably some time in the first half of next year".
The billionaire, renowned for setting wildly ambitious deadlines, said the threat of nuclear war made it vital to colonise the Red Planet.
He went on: "Although sometimes, my timelines are a little, you know..."
"The biggest thing that would be helpful is just general support and encouragement and good will", said Musk.
More pressing to Mr Musk, and the investors that enable him, might be the backlog of orders for the Model 3, Tesla's "affordable" new auto.
SpaceX's BFR rocket system is considered to be the successor to Falcon Heavy, and it's current design would use a total of 37 Raptor engines (31 on the booster rocket, and 6 on the spacecraft) that could possibly deliver twice the boost of a Saturn V rocket.
Canada's Paralympic team aims to win medals while smashing barriers
Bowden also plays wheelchair basketball and helped Team Canada win gold at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. Vitaliy Lukyanenko took the gold in the men's biathlon 7.5 km sprint for the visually impaired.
African Union : Rex Tillerson received by Moussa Faki Mahamat and Smail Chergui
The United States was confirmed to have held talks with the African Union (AU) on methods to boost cooperation. I think it is important that we listen to what the priorities of the countries here on the continent are.
Jarvis Landry: Signs franchise tender
The Baltimore Ravens also were among the teams expected to pursue a trade, but the Browns beat them to it. Cleveland's wheeling and dealing Friday didn't end with the impending trade for Jarvis Landry.
"AI scares the hell out of me", he said, telling Nolan that while he's not typically a fan of regulation, he feels AI is more risky than nuclear weapons and it's not like we let just anyone build nukes.
"Maybe it requires 60% [majority vote] to get a law in place, but any number over 40% can remove a law", Musk said.
Mars will need pizza joints, and one day people will drink at a Mars Bar, he said - congratulating himself on the Dad joke.
On a lighter note, Mr Musk said he was excited about the potential for launching new industries from a complete fresh starting point. He also speculated that "most likely, the form of government on Mars would be somewhat of a direct democracy", in which residents would vote directly on particular issues. In the long-term, the billionaire space entrepreneur whose plans include making human life multi-planetary, intends to make Starlink a communication bridge between Earth and colonized Mars. "Mark my words", Musk told the crowd, "AI is far more unsafe than nukes". "It kind of reads like (Ernest) Shackleton's ad for Antarctic explorers: hard, dangerous, good chance you'll die". They certainly don't think it's possible, but if we do they'll up their game'.
Artist's rendering of USA astronaut planting a flag on Mars.