A colony on Mars
SpaceX plans to send a free capsule without people to Mars in 2018. The aerospace company founded by the billionaire Elon Musk made this announcement on Thursday. Their final goal is to install a colony on the red planet. Musk wrote in a message on Twitter that they intended to send the capsule Dragon to Mars in 2018. He was referring to the Red Dragon -- which is an improved version of the Dragon capsule -- that already transports material to the International #Space Station (ISS) for NASA .
Red Dragon mission will be a test flight
Musk said the Dragon 2 is designed to be placed anywhere in the solar system, and the Red Dragon mission to Mars will be the first test flight. The SpaceX owner said that the sending of astronauts with this spacecraft is not planned in the near future. He also said he would not recommend sending astronauts beyond the Earth-Moon space because the journeys are not very pleasant. He added in a message on Twitter that the interior of the capsule Dragon 2 has the dimensions of a car.
Elon Musk is going to reveal details about the Red Dragon capsule flight in September at the international astronomical conference in Guadalajara (Mexico) -- within the project "Mars Colonial Transporter."
This year SpaceX has planned a first flight of the Falcon 9 launcher heavy version that will launch Red Dragon. NASA -- who wants to send a human spacecraft to Mars in 2030, announced Wednesday that the SpaceX company will provide technical support for the preparation of the first flight to the red planet.
Elon Musk has also created Tesla Motors in the past, a company which builds electric cars. Before that he also founded PayPal, a company that became a leader in online payments. Later, in 2002 he founded the company SpaceX.
SpaceX recently conducted two premiers in spaceflight history: they managed to bring back to earth and on a barge from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean the first floor of the Falcon 9 rocket, after it had been launched.
Elon Musk also thinks the cost of the launchings of the spacecrafts will drop very much. The company is currently conducting material transport to and from the ISS for NASA, according to a $2 billion contract.