Musk Postpones Spacex Mars 'Red Dragon' Mission To 2020, Needs More Resources
It has been reported that the proposed plan of SpaceX to send a robotic mission to Mars in 2018 has been postponed and changed to a new schedule. Now, reports have confirmed that the rover mission will be deferred for two more years.
SpaceX Red Dragon Mission Moved
Dubbed as the Red Dragon mission, it will instead be taking off in 2020 with due preparations, as per a statement coming from SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell. "We were pretty much focused on 2018, but we felt like we needed to input more resources and focus more heavily on our crew program, as well as our Falcon Heavy program, so we're looking for a more convenient schedule and the 2020 time frame would be perfect for that," Shotwell clarified.
About The Impending Mars Mission
Talking about the Red Dragon Mission, Tech Times reported that SpaceX will be using a modified Dragon V2 capsule for the mission. There are also plans for launching a rocket every 26 months to Mars whenever it is aligned with Earth, which will then conclude with the company's first manned mission to Mars in either 2024 or 2026.
In reference to Shotwell's statement, the Red Dragon mission is going to be an exciting operation as SpaceX will facilitate a lot of science experiments and payloads towards the Martian surface. Red Dragon will be carrying equipment that is going to be relevant for future Mars mission crew.
Tesla Mars Mission Will Also Benefit NASA
According to I4U News, being cost effective, the Red Dragon mission will also be beneficial for NASA in obtaining Mars samples for further study. The mission has the required systems to bring samples from Mars such as the Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV), some hardware, and the Earth Return Vehicle (ERV).
The Falcon Heavy rocket that is to be used for the Red Dragon mission will be the largest-ever launcher, capable of carrying heavy payloads to distant parts of the solar system.
How SpaceX Technology Enables Consecutive Rocket Launches, Is It Feasible?
SpaceX has been trying multiple times to perfect its launch with its rockets. Just recently, after a failed first attempt, SpaceX has successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket into space, as well as successfully landing its first stage back into Earth.
Details About Elon Musk's Possible 'Fallout Shelter' In SpaceX Parking Lot
Elon Musk seems to be on the verge of establishing a new company. After people noticed the large hole being dug at the SpaceX Headquarters' parking lot, Musk has then revealed that he is working on a new project on transportation.
SpaceX Assists NASA With Its Space Efforts, Wants To Make Space Exploration Mainstream
2017 will be an important year for SpaceX, as the space research and exploration company is scheduled with 4 important missions to carry throughout the year. The latest missions involve SpaceX collaborating with NASA on supply deliveries to the ISS. the other 3 will involve the launch of SpaceX's Falcon Rockets.
Elon Musk Reveals First Images Of Tesla Model 3 Production Unit On Twitter
Elon Musk showed off the very first Tesla Model 3 unit on Twitter and Instagram.
Tesla Model 3 Hits Production This Week, First Car To Be Delivered This Month
The Model 3 will be priced around $35,000. Elon Musk envisions it reaching a much wider range of customers and has said he expects it to push Tesla’s output to 500,000 cars a year in 2018.
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