Mars One announced today that it has contracted Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) to develop mission concept studies for its first (albeit unmanned) mission to Mars. It also kicked off a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise $400,000 to finance the studies.
Where government-funded agencies see roadblocks, entrepreneurs see opportunity. But is a one-way mission to Mars a good business bet? Mars One is going all in, NASA be damned.
The Falcon 9 rocket is a big part of SpaceX’s roadmap to put people in space on commercial flights. And it’s dang magestic-looking, too.
Virgin Galactic SpacePlaneTwo ticket prices have increased from $200,000 to $250,000 this year, but apparently DiCaprio makes the whole experience worth around $1.25 million more. Now we know the value of one of his aging-but-still-dimpled smiles.
“This is turning out to be the most desired job in history,” said Mars One founder Bas Lansdorp. “Mars One is a mission representing all humanity will be justified only if people from the entire world are represented. I’m proud that this is exactly what we see happening.”
University of Twente will put its scientific research and educational weight behind the startup and its goals, helping Mars One to develop survival techniques for life on an alien world.
“The Merlin 1D successfully performed every test throughout this extremely rigorous qualification program,” said SpaceX founder Elon Musk.
Remember that inflatable extension to the International Space Station that NASA announced earlier in the week? Well, the space agency has finally revealed some photos as well as a demonstration of how it will connect to the space station itself.
When the word “inflatable” comes to mind, I don’t I’m alone in immediately thinking about toys and devices that allow you to float while in water. NASA’s latest contract with Bigelow Aerospace has me rethinking that assessment.
Tests, tests, and more tests — and a couple launches gone wrong on purpose to show how the Dragon design will hold up when it’s holding people.
Hundreds of millions of dollars in commercial contracts — and years of legislation — are finally coming to fruition.
If you’re 18 or older, resilient, collaborative, and creative, you might be right for extra-terrestrial travel.