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How many satellite launches does it take to get to Mars?

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Posted in Science on 7th Dec, 2013 03:12 AM by AlexMuller

On Tuesday, SpaceX successfully launched a commercial communications satellite into orbit after two abortive attempts, a major milestone in entrepreneur Elon Musk’s lofty mission to build a private space program.

 

In 2012, an ISS supply mission made SpaceX’s Dragon capsule the first privately owned spacecraft to dock with the station; Musk himself has become one of the figureheads of a new, aspirational entrepreneurship that prizes impossible ideas alongside traditional business. And SpaceX’s success comes after years of worry about whether NASA is still capable of the grand feats it achieved in the mid-20th century — and speculation that SpaceX and its many competitors, not an old guard of aerospace companies and government agencies, will be the future of extraterrestrial exploration.

 
The launch isn’t just a springboard for more contracts. It’s the start of a revenue stream that Musk hopes will help the company reach its long-term goal: sending humans to Mars. Aerospace journalist Michael Belfiore says SpaceX is miles ahead of similar startups, calling it "the lynchpin of America’s manned space program." Competitor Orbital Sciences has an established cargo program — this fall, it became the second private company to have a ship dock with the ISS — but it’s not planning manned trips, and Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser is too dependent on federal funding, Belfiore tells The Verge.
 
"They only go as far as NASA goes. And that funding is always in question." Blue Origin, backed by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, is more mysterious. The company was last seen firing its latest engine at a Texas test site, and NASA said it was making "steady progress" in its work as a commercial partner to the agency. But Musk has mocked its prospects. During a battle over the lease of a space shuttle launch pad, he said he’d be happy to let Blue Origin use the pad if it could produce a craft capable of docking with the ISS in the next five years: "Frankly, I think we are more likely to discover unicorns dancing in the flame duct."

Tags: spacespaceXrocketMarsMars colonizationElon MuskJeff BezosNASABlue Origin

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-07
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Private investment into space explorations is a great boost and will intensify efforts to do news things and to do more Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-07
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SpaceX had already made history as the world's first privately held company to send a cargo payload, carried on the Dragon spacecraft, to the International Space Station.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-07
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Space X is well connected. Space X is working with NASA for a long time. In 2006 NASA awarded the company a Commercial Orbital Transportation Services contract for a long time. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-07
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Competition in space explorations need to be balanced by collaborations - this is all very, very expensive Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-07
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Mars is definitely a target that should be explored in many ways
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-07
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It is also important to find out about minerals across Mars. In particular about aluminum-rich clay minerals and those that containe iron and magnesium clays. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-07
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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
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-07
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NASA's Maven is the 10th orbiter to be launched to Mars by Nasa; three have failed, testimony to the difficulty of the task. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-07
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In September this year Mars is going to have many visitors: when Maven reaches Mars it will join three functioning spacecraft, two US and one European. India's Mangalyaan also will be arriving about the same time. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-07
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NASA has a special commitment. Neil Armstrong's crewmates declared that future missions to Mars should serve as part of the Apollo program's legacy Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-07
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The main issues in space explorations, including Mars, are issues of energy and fuel. Any improvements with this will be a great help in space explorations and colonisation Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-07-30
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Beste Andre9.Dank voor je nieuwigheid.Vandaag ging Venus voor de zon langs. Heb je hier nog iets van megkegreeen ?Hier was er weinig van te zien.Zo op het eerste gezicht ziet het er allemaal een beetje rommelig uit, maar er zal toch hopelijk enige structuur aan boord zijn hoop ik.Dank voor het nieuws en tot de volgende keer Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-07-30
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Beste Andre9.Dank voor je nieuwigheid.Vandaag ging Venus voor de zon langs. Heb je hier nog iets van megkegreeen ?Hier was er weinig van te zien.Zo op het eerste gezicht ziet het er allemaal een beetje rommelig uit, maar er zal toch hopelijk enige structuur aan boord zijn hoop ik.Dank voor het nieuws en tot de volgende keer Reply
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