Elon Musk, the SpaceX CEO, will share his plans for creating colonies on Mars. He will do so in a speech “Making Humans an Interplanetary Species” on September 27 at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.
It is expected that Musk explains what technologies he will use in order to move humans to Mars and start a colony there. Moreover, he will come up with the long-term plan of how to keep people there as well as the type of structures that will be built on the Red Planet. Also, he will present the problems that may arise during the mission.
We can remember that Musk anticipates and hope that the Red Dragon mission will be a success and if that happens, people can step on Mars in 2024. In addition, his Flying Dragon 2 rocket is supposed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station, as he said at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Furthermore, in 2018, his aim is to launch an unnamed rocket to Mars after which he will launch a rocket in every 26 months, according to the NBC News.
Namely, Elon Musk will use the new technology called “supersonic retro propulsion” through which he will send the Red Dragon on Mars. Although he predicts that the Flying Dragon 2 will send people to Mars this, unfortunately, is a one-way ticket.
As Inverse reported, NASA is also aiding the Mars mission by providing “very specific areas of expertise”. Phil McAlister, NASA’s director of commercial spaceflight development stated that the NASA plays the role of consultant to SpaceX. As Nature World News announced, information about the mission from the launch to the landing on Mars will be available to NASA.
Space X Red Dragon mission is expected to start in May 2018.