The real world Iron Man and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has today unveiled the Mars vehicle — the spaceship his company plans to build to send people to Mars.
Musk named his interplanetary spaceship as the BFS, or “Big Fucking Spaceship”. It will have a diameter of 17 meters. It is initially designed to send about 100 people per trip, and will later be upgraded to transport 200 or more to reduce the cost per person.
Elon Musk stated that it will take as little as 80 days or as much as 150 days depending on the year to travel all the way down to Mars. The company is planning to reduce the transport time to be as short as 30 days “in the more distant future.”
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Here is how the trip to the Red Planet is actually planned:
Initially the spaceship will be launched out of Pad 39A, which is under development right now at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. At liftoff, the booster will have 127,800 kilonewtons of thrust, or 28,730,000 pounds of thrust. Then, the spaceship and booster separate.
In the next phase the spaceship heads to orbit, and the booster returns back to Earth within 20 minutes. Back on Earth, the booster lands on a launch mount and a propellant tanker is loaded onto the booster. The entire unit — now filled with fuel — lifts off again. It joins with the spaceship, which is then refueled in orbit. The propellant tankers will go up anywhere from three to five times to fill the tanks of the spaceship. Finally it will set off to Mars.
Musk promises to entertain the onboard crew with zero-G games, movies, cabins, games, a restaurant to make the trip more like a vacation.
The spaceship’s passengers will use the vehicle, as well as cargo and hardware that’s already been shipped over to Mars, to set up a long-term colony. At the rate of 20 to 50 total Mars trips, it will take anywhere from 40 to 100 years to achieve a fully self-sustaining civilization with one million people on Mars, says Musk.
There were not much details provided regarding the diet of passengers on board.
In regards to take the astronauts, he said only that the first pioneers will probably not include children because the risk of fatality is high and astronauts need to be “prepared to die.”
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