Elon Musk plans ‘Purple Dragon’ Mars mission for as early as 2018

Elon Musk plans ‘Red Dragon’ Mars mission for as early as 2018

Someplace, Elon Musk is bored; you possibly can inform as a result of he begins tweeting like loopy about colonizing the photo voltaic system. “Planning to ship Dragon to Mars as quickly as 2018,” SpaceX tweeted this morning, apropos of nothing. Extra particulars adopted, in typical Musk type.

Dragon 2 is designed to have the ability to land anyplace within the photo voltaic system. Pink Dragon Mars mission is the primary check flight.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 27, 2016

Anyplace? Maybe Venus, somebody steered.

@Cardoso It might land on Venus no drawback, however would final perhaps a number of hours. Robust native setting.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 27, 2016

Musk did say that with propulsive touchdown (versus parachute or influence padding) and the corporate’s personal excessive-efficiency warmth defend, setting down on the floor of a planet — be it Mars, Venus, or Neptune — can be a cakewalk. However getting there’s a totally different story.

However would not advocate transporting astronauts past Earth-moon area. Would not be enjoyable for longer journeys. Inner quantity ~measurement of SUV.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 27, 2016

In different phrases, the primary SpaceX missions to Mars will certainly be uncrewed — however that was a given, contemplating the dangers concerned. Musk will definitely present extra particulars later, however there shall be as many check runs and provide missions because it takes to deliver danger right down to a suitable degree.

The Pink Dragon idea isn’t new — it’s been talked about for years, however that is as official an announcement as we’ve seen in that point. SpaceX truly put up artist’s impresssions of what a Purple Dragon mission would appear to be late final yr.

The cabin should be upgraded, as nicely. Being caught in an SUV-sized area for even a number of hours right here on Earth isn’t a pleasing expertise, not to mention months or years with nothing outdoors however onerous vacuum. No, the present era of Dragons will keep comparatively near the planet for now, at the least once they’ve obtained individuals in them.

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