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Filed Under: astronauts, deep space, fungi, iss, manned missions, mars, orion, red dragon, space, space exploration, spacecraft
Companies: nasa, spacex

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    Stephen, 27 Apr 2016 @ 7:37pm

    Why 2018? Is there a rush to get to Mars?

    The SpaceX article goes on to say the company's "colonisation architecture" will be "reveal[ed] later this year" so we'll have to see what they have in mind, though 2018 does sound a mite ambitious, especially as the rocket being contemplated for launching the mission has apparently yet to be tested.
    Sources at SpaceX say that the Dragons will fly on the Falcon Heavy, a yet-to-be unveiled rocket that can be roughly described as three of its Falcon 9 rockets strapped together. The company intends to test the rocket for the first time in the fall of 2016, following a hold-up caused by a failed mission in 2015. Given the long history of delays at SpaceX and in the aerospace industry more generally, the 2018 target date should be taken with a grain of salt.
    Given the length of time NASA has spent developing the SLS rockets, for SpaceX to be able to get their unbuilt and unblown Mars rocket ready in a mere two years sounds at best overly ambitious.

    Why 2018 anyway? 2020 would seem a more realistic date.

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