SpaceX and its founder, Elon Musk, have told us about their bold plan to build a city on Mars for a few years. But so far, the plan.
Paul Wooster of SpaceX, the chief development engineer of Mars, gave some hints on Friday, where the first people to send SpaceX were actually living.
The SpaceX Plan calls for an unmanned robotic mission to Mars in 2022, followed by the first human escape to the Red Planet a few years later. It was a bit unclear whether robots would build a habitat for the first humans, or whether these first Martian visitors would become the planet's first construction workers.
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But Wooster went on to explain that the first Mars operations are likely to be based on the landed.
"Early on" They are very valuable on the surface of Mars. They would actually leave most ships and you would use the various systems to support the activities there, "he told the crowd." They would be sitting there indefinitely at a very early hour. "
Wooster says the first BFR Spacecraft sent to Mars would remain there until it became more valuable as a necessary means of transportation than as a surface support system, saying that the first humans on Mars would likely live on BFRs when they live in dwellings, airfields, and others
in 2016, and a year later at the same annual convention he focused almost exclusively on SpaceX's plans to facilitate transport to Mars via BFR without too much of it u say what happens after the landing and who will build needed infrastructure on the Martian surface.
Wooster also reiterated Musk's initial ambitious vision of not just a small base on Mars, as it currently exists in the Antarctic, but to grow from such an outpost to a full-fledged city and ultimately to several major cities on our neighboring planet.
The key to making Mars a real destination, according to Wooster, lies in the enormous capacity of the planned spaceship. He says that it will be able to deliver "100 tons (90.719 kg) of payload to the surface of Mars".
By comparison, the Curiosity Rover NASA transported to Mars weighs only about 1 percent.
All these plans are currently resting on a rocket that still has to fly, butMusk and Wooster hope BFR will follow in the footsteps of its predecessor with a spectacular, successful on-site test launch.
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