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SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk will send a mission to Mars — on the Flying Dragon version 2 rocket —starting in 2018 and launch a rocket headed there at every open opportunity — every 26 months. "It is intended to carry astronauts to the International Space Station," said Musk at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on Wednesday night. "But we are going to send one to Mars in 2018." But that's not the biggest ambition. If everything goes according to plan, the first rocket carrying human cargo will launch in 2024, he said. The Flying Dragon 2 has the interior size of an SUV and is capable of carrying up to seven people and will take 18 months to get there. "I would not recommend traveling to Mars in that," he said. "It would be a long time to spend on an SUV." It also does not have the capability to get back to earth, we put that in the fine print," he said.