"Where None Have Gone Before" --SpaceX's Elon Musk Ups the Suspense on Plans to Make Humans a Spacefaring Species (WATCH Video)
“Once you have all of those four elements, you can actually go anywhere in the solar system by planet hopping or moon hopping,” Elon Musk said at t June’s ISS R&D conference in Washington, D.C. “So by establishing a propellant depot in the asteroid belt or on one of the moons of Jupiter you can make flights from Mars to Jupiter no problem.”
“I’m thinking probably the upcoming IAC in Adelaide might be a good opportunity to do an updated version of the Mars architecture,” Musk said at the June conference. “It’s evolved quite a bit since that last talk.”
Here's the vieo SpaceX posted last year of how the system would work in practice, which incudes spacecraft traveling to Mars at a speed of 62,634 miles per hour:
The ITS is part of a multi-year timeline that starts with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket landings, followed company plans a manned mission in a Dragon 2 capsule, with a deadline of May 2018. If all goes to plan, a manned mission to Mars could take place as soon as 2026.