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Elon Musk could start making superlarge Mars colonization rocket in about 2024

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Posted in Science on 5th Feb, 2014 11:02 PM by AlexMuller

 Elon Musk talks on CBS this morning about his Mars colonization rocket.

 

“We’ve got to restore American ability to transport astronauts with domestic vehicles, and that’s what we hope to do in about two years.

 
“The next step beyond that is to maybe send people beyond low Earth orbit to a loop around the Moon, possibly land on the Moon, although I’m not super interested in the Moon personally because obviously we’ve done that and we know we can, but maybe just to prove the capability.
 
“Then we need to develop a much larger vehicle which would be sort of what I call a large colonial transport system. This would really be, we’re talking about rockets on a scale, a bigger scale than has ever been done before, that make the Apollo Moon rocket look small. And they would have to launch very frequently as well. [reusable]
 
“That’s what’s needed in order to send millions of people and millions of tons of cargo to Mars, which is the minimum level to have a self-sustaining civilization on Mars.
 
“We might be able to complete that [rocket] in about 10 or 12 years, and hopefully the first people we’d send to Mars would be around the middle of the next decade.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-06
+3
Mars is becoming a big attraction for private companies, in particular colonisation - MarsOne is trying to do the same
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-06
+2
I found out that originally about 200,000 people from around the world applied to MarsOne project to be among the first colonists on Mars. Among those are a prison guard, a mother who home-schooled her children and a stand up comedian. Now a selection has been made- I am not sure that hey included. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-06
+0
I like Mars One. I think it would be great to see this space exploration program, that will send humans on a one-way trip to Mars, go ahead Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-06
+1
Mars One is also controversial. It has earned a fair share of dubious looks and sideways glances from the technology and science community
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-06
+0
The Mars One Roadmap is to land a crew on Mars in 2025. Mars One wants to use reality TV and advertising sponsorship to fund manned missions to Mars. Will this happen? Not sure Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-06
+0
Finding evidence that there is water on Mars would be an enormous boost for exploration and colonisation. Everyone believes that water was there once upon a time but finding it now would be a great resource - we have to wait and see Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-06
+0
Water is of great importance as a possible source of fuel. If we can make fuel in space that would mean a leap forward for all further explorations Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-06
+0
For many finding water also supports the possibility that life existed on Mars or if they find some now- that it actually supports it now Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-06
+2
I would think there will be lots of issues in building a very large spacecraft, doing systems checks and integration.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-06
+0
Yes, I agree with what I found on the internet: things in orbit and on the Moon are much easier to launch and build, and likelier to become profitable sooner, than anything on Mars.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-06
+1
The main goal of SpaceX was to lower the cost of taking cargo to orbit through reusable stages. It should cost less to assemble a 'colonial spaceship' in orbit than to build a super huge monster expendable rocket Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-06
+0
For centuries people have speculated about the possibility of life on Mars due to the planet's proximity and similarity to Earth. It is time now to find out more Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-06
+0
Mars is becoming a big attraction for private companies, in particular colonisation - MarsOne is trying to do the same Reply


 

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