We are all aware of SpaceX's ambitious plan to put people on Mars and colonize the red planet. The project, announced in 2016, revolves around Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), which the company is building to transport people and goods between Earth and Mars.
Last year at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Space Manager Elon Musk detailed how BFRs would be operated and used to determine the human presence on Mars, and now the company's development engineer Paul Wooster has developed us more insight into that effort.
In conjunction with the March Society Convention 2011 on August 25, Wooster repeated the deadlines that the company called for. goal to launch the first unmanned and manned missions to the Mars surface. SpaceX will launch two unripe lorries in 2022 and then start a four-rocket follow-up mission two years later.
The first mission with two BFR numbers will provide critical infrastructure for colonization and identify potential resources and hazards. Then, in 2024, four BFRs, of which two would be manned, would be used to take more equipment and deliveries and the first colonists to the red planet.
In the 30-minute interview, Wooster emphasized the technical aspects of the first March landing and the factors needed to be considered to choose a place to create a self-supporting Martian colony. The most interesting part of the presentation, however, was the fact that the first spacecraft with life support systems is likely to stay on the planet, giving the first colonizers a place to live.
"Early they are very valuable on Mars," said Wooster in the presentation. CNET reported. "You would actually have most of the vessels left and you would work with the different systems on them to support the business there. That they would sit there indefinitely."
So far, it was not clear how they First Mars visitors would start building the habitats, but it indicates that they are likely to run out of spacecraft during the establishment of an initial base and landing plates for a robust, fully-fledged martian city. The first habitats would be built with the power generated from sun sets, and when it is clear, a local fuel plant will be built with carbon dioxide and water, which will eventually lead to mineral wreckage and terraforming our nearby planet.
BFR's ability to transport as much as 150 tonnes of goods would support the development and expansion of a colony on Mars. However, it is still to be seen if the rocket's development and test flights remain on their way for first flights in 2022.