As NASA continues to work on the next taxpayer-funded vehicle of space exploration for a potential human expedition to Mars, one of the private companies now engaging in space transits says they plan to get there much sooner.

FOX's Eben Brown reports from Miami:

SpaceX, the aerospace company owned by Paypal and Tesla founder Elon Musk, says they will be sending one of their dragon space capsules to Mars in 2018. The vehicle will be uncrewed, but would be the first commercial transport between planets.

The company, which currently provides cargo transport for NASA to and from the international space station and starting next year will transport astronauts, will also soon reveal a plan to colonize the red planet, and these missions will help them gather data and test ability to land large objects on the martian surface.

In Miami, Eben Brown, FOX News.