Friday, September 29, 2017

Elon Musk Shrinks his SpaceX Mars Rocket to Cut Costs

          By Henry Stewart

Speaking of private sector space pioneers, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has modified and updated his one year old plan to land on and colonize the planet Mars. 

As outlined in the September 29th, 2017 Thompson Reuters post, "Elon Musk shrinks SpaceX Mars rocket to cut costs," SpaceX now plans its first trip to the red planet in 2022, carrying only cargo, to be followed by a manned mission in 2024.

According to the post:
NASA's first human mission to Mars is expected about a decade later. 
Musk had previously planned to use a suite of space vehicles to support the colonization of Mars, beginning with an unmanned capsule called Red Dragon in 2018, but he (Musk) said SpaceX is now focused on a single, slimmer and shorter rocket instead...
In a presentation at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, Musk outlined a revised version of his original scheme.

To pay for that rocket, Musk suggested using it to deliver satellites into orbit and to service the International Space Station (ISS). He also suggested that the rocket could be used to transport people between any two points on Earth in less than an hour— or perhaps help build an outpost on the moon.

The complete presentation is available online.

Henry Stewart is the pseudonym of a Toronto based aerospace writer.

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