Elon Musk wants to fly to Mars every two years

The private U.S. space company space X wants to start a first unmanned Mars Mission in two years. Then a rocket to Mars should withdraw according to the plans of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk every 26 months. In less than ten years, first people break to establish a colony on the red planet.

“Who has visions, should go to the doctor”, former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt once said, that is not too imaginative and follows old German stereotype of obeying nation.

Well, then SpaceX founder Elon Musk is most urgently in need of treatment. Because the American visionary wants to start a first unmanned mission to Mars in just two years. Then launch a new missile in the direction of Mars every 26 months. “It’s a regular cargo route, you can count on it,” Elon Musk said the Washington Post, where the multimillionaire spread his Mars plans in detail.

Only last week musk had reaped headlines with his claim, the likelihood is great that living in a computer game.

Falcon heavy with thrust of 18 jumbo jet

Just the regularity of the Mars missions is an important success factor for Elon Musk. “Scientists know that regularly ship to Mars go, they will plan accordingly and contribute many experiments.” The Dragon capsules are intended as a space ship, with which the aerospace company, SpaceX, founded only in 2002 already transports to the international space station ISS flies.

Heavy Falcon

Musk plans to use as a launch vehicle the “Falcon” heavy rocket, a further development of the Falcon 9, with the SpaceX already in the ISS.

The “Falcon heavy” rocket is powered by 27 rocket engines. The “Falcon heavy” rocket wasn’t so far at all on the road. It aims to develop a thrust at startup 747 jumbo jet with corresponding to the 18 Boeing full force.

Mars missions were successful only 18 times

The Dragon capsule with the help of eight brake engines to gently place on the Martian surface. Parachutes, NASA experimented with that to the usage. This is completely new territory: the heaviest so far successfully on Mars deposited payload was the weighing around 900 kg NASA robot car curiosity.

The Dragon capsule will weigh six tons. The first Mars missions are mainly intended to collect data and carry out experiments. It comes to Elon Musk, to learn the craft of safe landing on Mars, because so far by 43 Mars missions have only 18 to recoverable success.
by 2025, the first humans to Mars should lift off.

The founder of SpaceX wants to use the time window, when Earth and Mars quite close to come down on their orbits around the Sun. In this astronomically affordable constellation, which occurs every two years, a Mars journey takes about half a year. The first unmanned missions are intended to use equipment such as Rover on Mars. The first manned Mars mission plans musk for the year 2025. That would be at least five years before the first Mars Mission of NASA, which is planned in the 2030.

landing on Mars
The Dragon capsule should be not slowed upon landing on Mars by parachutes, but recoil from engines. Photo: SpaceX

Musk compares his vision of the colonization of the red planet with the old seafaring explorers time. These were pioneers, musk, which were broken up over the oceans into unknown worlds. But with some minor differences: the old sailors could be pretty sure that they have air in the unknown world to breathing and plants and animals as food. It’s different on the hostile Mars.

Musk: “probably the people on Mars will die”

There, a world without food with an outdoor temperature of minus 100 degrees is the space pioneers. This world is without any oxygen and atmospheric protection against tough solar radiation. “It is dangerous and probably people will die and they will know that,” says Elon Musk. “And then they will pave the way. Ultimately, it will be very safe to go to Mars, and it is very comfortable. “But that will be many years into the future.”

before landing on Mars
Dragon capsule before landing on Mars: the first manned mission to Mars 2025, more than five years before NASA plans Elon Musk. Photo: SpaceX