If the man in charge of SpaceX is confident that the technology will be ready to go to Mars in ten years, then Mars One can certainly be hopeful.
The question is, does Elon Musk have plans for exactly the sort of people he wants to send yet, bearing in mind the necessity of a great deal of training for such a mission? Elon Musk and SpaceX have been notoriously silent on Mars One ever since its conception. Is this a hint that collaboration between the two organisations may be in the works, or does Musk have his own plans to reveal in the near future?
Either way, it is an exciting time for the push to send humans to Mars.
"I'm hopeful that the first people could be taken to Mars in 10 to 12 years, I think it's certainly possible for that to occur," he told CNBC. "But the thing that matters long term is to have a self-sustaining city on Mars, to make life multi-planetary."