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Mars One will work with Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology for a 2018 robotic mission

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Posted in Science on 10th Dec, 2013 10:00 PM by AlexMuller

Mars One has secured lead suppliers for its first mission to Mars. The mission, slated a 2018 launch, will include a robotic lander and a communications satellite. Mars One has contracted Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) to develop mission concept studies. The Mars lander will be built by Lockheed Martin and the communications satellite will be built by SSTL.

 
This 2018 mission will be a demonstration mission and will provide proof of concept for some of the technologies that are important for a permanent human settlement on Mars; the ultimate goal of the non-profit Mars One foundation.
 
Bas Lansdorp, M.Sc., Mars One Co-founder and CEO stated, “We’re very excited to have contracted Lockheed Martin and SSTL for our first mission to Mars. Both are significant players in their field of expertise and have outstanding track records. These will be the first private spacecraft to Mars and their successful arrival and operation will be a historic accomplishment.”
 
The Lockheed Martin lander will be based on the successful 2007 NASA Phoenix mission spacecraft and will demonstrate some of the technologies required for the manned mission. Lockheed Martin has a distinct legacy of participating in nearly every NASA mission to Mars. For the Phoenix mission, the company designed, built, tested and operated the lander for NASA.
 
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.
 
Lockheed Martin will for $250,000 produce a "mission concept study" for an unmanned Martian lander that would precede the $6 billion manned mission.
 
Britain's Surrey Satellite Technology will meanwhile turn out a similar study, for 60,000 euros ($80,000), for a satellite that would hover in orbit over the lander and relay data and images back to Earth.

Tags: MarsspaceMars OneMars colonyspace explorationLockheed MartinNASA

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-11
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Very exciting. Plans how to lend on Mars should be made in great detail and by the best experts - this first step is critical
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-11
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There is a report that Craig Venter is looking to conquer Mars. He wants to detect life on Mars and bring it to Earth using a device called a digital biological converter, or biological teleporter. May be useful one day Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-11
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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
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-11
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It is important to understand Mars better before we go. We should find out what the history of the atmosphere has been, how the climate has changed through time and how that has influenced the evolution of the surface and the potential habitability Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-11
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Mars One’s lander will be able to scoop soil and also perform a water experiment that will extract water from the Martian soil. This is important as water can be used to make fuel
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-11
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Scientists have no doubts that oceans and rivers once pooled on the surface of Mars, but what happened to all that water is a long-standing mystery. The prime suspect is the sun, which has been peeling away the planet's atmosphere for billions of years. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-11
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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
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-11
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This changes original time -line, but good preparations are the key. They have decided to launch the lander and satellite two years later than originally anticipated, in 2018. This pushes the crew’s touchdown back to 2025 rather than 2023. Reply
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Posted: 2016-12-26
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That was so great! I’ve never read Beowulf, but it was like any good foreign language film–I didn’t need to understand! I jumped when you jumped at the beginning of the excerpt; frightening levels of enthusiasm are always a good thing. Very, very, entiatrening! Reply


 

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