There are some pretty ambitious people in the world today and one of them is obviously Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Although there have been a couple of flyovers and non-human landings on Mars, the first manned back and forth mission to Mars is proposed for the 2030s. NASA predicts that the distance of 225 million kilometers between Earth and Mars will come discontinued in the next 20 years. However, for many people, establishing a permanent base on Mars is not enough. We also need to consider how to manage it and let it play an active role.
Elon Musk on Mars: proposes a system of government
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, an American space exploration technology company, is one of the people who plan how humans will live on alien planets in the future. His ultimate dream is to establish a permanent human base on Mars, but to establish independence there. However, this “country” will face enormous legal challenges. In the contract to use the SpaceX satellite service “Starlink”, we have a preliminary understanding of the future company on Mars from Musk.
The terms of service read: “For services provided on Mars, services provided to Mars by interstellar spacecraft or other colonial spacecraft, all parties will recognize that Mars is a free planet and no government of Earth has the power to declare or claim sovereignty over Mars. Therefore, when there is a dispute on Mars, it will be resolved through the principle of autonomy based on good faith ”.
Musk had already considered what such a future government would be like. During the SXSW conference in 2018, Musk told the audience … “Most likely, the government of Mars will be formed in a directly democratic form. People will vote directly on issues instead of making decisions through representative government. I think this could be better because direct democracy has a much lower probability of corruption than representative democracy ”.
Elon Musk on Mars: Lawyers oppose his proposal
However, the lawyers have expressed doubts about SpaceX’s ability to establish an independent “Martian” nation. In fact, many people believe that SpaceX’s provisions in its Starlink user contract aren’t much different from space treaties over the years.
Randy Sgar of the law firm Hogan Lovells said … “All space treaties believe that everyone on earth has the same rights and responsibilities to make space something we can all share.” For example, the 2020 Artemis agreements stipulate… “No country can claim sovereignty, use or occupy or occupy space in any other way”.
Siegel said Musk may have taken a small step in building a Martian state. He said: “Musk could try to lay the groundwork for an independent constitution on Mars, as he did with electric cars and reusable launch vehicles. Is there any precedent or applicability? My answer is obviously no … “
Frans Von Der Dunk, a space law expert at Nebraska College of Law, discussed the matter from a more realistic perspective. He pointed out that it may take us many more years to reach Mars, not to mention the possibility of establishing a country there.
Von De Dank said: “We have to respect the real scientists. Many of them believe it will take ten years to reach Mars. Others believe it could take 100 years or more. But in my opinion, a certain year between time periods is more likely between these two. However, due to difficulties in interstellar communication, Mars may soon seek self-regulation ”.