SpaceX Aims to Land Robotic Dragon Spacecraft on Mars In 2018
SpaceX announced on Wednesday that it plans to send a robotic version of its Dragon spacecraft to Mars as early as 2018. Launched on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, the “Red Dragon” would land on Mars using its own Super Draco rocket engines. It is a SpaceX mission, but the company has an unfunded Space Act Agreement with NASA for technical assistance.
Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder and lead designer, has made no secret that his overall space goal is sending thousands of people to Mars as a “backup plan” in case a catastrophe destroys Earth or makes it uninhabitable. He plans to lay out details of his plan at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico at the end of September.
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