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Elon Musk's SpaceX says they will not recognize Earth laws in planned Mars colony

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Elon Musk's SpaceX says they will not recognize Earth laws in planned Mars colony


SpaceX declares independence: Elon Musk’s firm says they will not recognize Earth laws in planned Mars colony and says ‘free planet’ will adopt ‘self-governing principles’

  • SpaceX feels Mars is a free planet and it will not recognize Earth-based laws
  • The claims were recently spotted in  Starlink’s beta consumer service terms
  • SpaceX will abide by international laws while operating on Earth and the moon
  • However, on Mars it will follow self-governing principles based on good faith 
  • The news comes a week after Musk said SpaceX aims to build a self-sufficient city on Mars that does not rely on help from Earth to survive  

Elon Musk’s SpaceX declares Mars a ‘free planet’ and the  firm is not recognizing Earth-based laws when it colonizes the Martian world.

The claims were spotted buried in Starlink’s beta consumer service terms that was recently sent to customers ahead of the internet rollout.

Dubbed ‘Governing Laws,’ the section states SpaceX will not abide by international laws beyond Earth and the moon, but instead adopt self-governing principles ‘established on good faith.’

The terms of service was shared on Twitter and Reddit, but also comes a week after the company revealed plans to build a mega constellation around Mars and a self-sustaining city that does not rely of Earth for survival.

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Twitter users ‘Whole Mars Catalog,’ seems to be the first to share the ninth clause in Starlink’s beta consumer service terms.

The section states Starlink’s service on Earth and the moon will abide by laws set by the state of California, but on Mars or other colonization spacecraft, it will not recognize Earth-based government authority or sovereignty. 

Beyond those ‘disputes will be settled through self-governing principles, established in good faith, at the time of Martian settlement,’ the clause reads.

The section falls in line with the latest plans revealed by Musk, which entails building a sustainable city on Mars that will not rely on Earth for survival.

Dubbed 'Governing Laws,' the section states SpaceX will not abide by international laws beyond Earth and the moon, but instead adopt self-governing principles ‘established on good faith.’ Pictured is a concept image of SpaceX's city on Mars

Dubbed ‘Governing Laws,’ the section states SpaceX will not abide by international laws beyond Earth and the moon, but instead adopt self-governing principles ‘established on good faith.’ Pictured is a concept image of SpaceX’s city on Mars

Musk shared details of this vision last week during the Mars Society’s annual conference, saying settlers on the Red Planet will need to be self-sufficient in the event ‘ships from Earth stop coming for any reason.’

‘This really might come down to: Are we going to create a self-sustaining city on Mars before or after World War 3,’ said the CEO.

‘And I think the probability of it being created after World War 3 – hopefully there’s never a World War 3 – but the probability of after is low, so we should try and make the city self-sustaining before any possible World War 3.’

Three days following, SpaceX president and COO Gwynee Shotwell spoke with TIMEmagazine about SpaceX’s mission to bring Starlink internet to Mars.

The terms of service was shared on Twitter and Reddit, but also comes a week after the company revealed plans to build a mega constellation around Mars and a self-sustaining city that does not rely of Earth for survival

The terms of service was shared on Twitter and Reddit, but also comes a week after the company revealed plans to build a mega constellation around Mars and a self-sustaining city that does not rely of Earth for survival

‘Once we take people to Mars, they are going to need a capability to communicate,’ she said.

‘In fact, I think it will be even more critical to have a constellation like Starlink around Mars.’

And a key player in turning these ideas into a reality is the massive Starship rocket, which Musk recently announced is eyeing 2024 for its first trip to Mars.

The craft is the firm’s ‘top priority’ and over the past few months, SpaceX employees have been asked to accelerate progress ‘dramatically and immediately’ with the hopes of hitting the timeline.

The goal is to eventually send on million people to live on Mars, which Musk says will require three flights a day – or 1,000 flights a year – with 100 people on each one.

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The BFR (Big F***ing Rocket), now known as Starship, will complete all missions and is smaller than the ones Musk announced in 2016.

The SpaceX CEO said the rocket would take its first trip to the red planet in 2022, carrying only cargo, followed by a manned mission in 2024 and claimed other SpaceX’s products would be ‘cannibalised’ to pay for it.

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The rocket would be partially reusable and capable of flight directly from Earth to Mars.

Once built, Musk believes the rocket could be used for travel on Earth – saying that passengers would be able to get anywhere in under an hour.





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