Technologies today solve many problems. Unfortunately, after finding the right answers to one question, we need to find answers to more complicated ones. As the technological world keeps developing we might be able to do so, as they conquered our life. Waking up the first thing we are doing, is switching the smartphone and reading the news.
Today we can visit multiple places by staying at home. If you are interested in some museums you can visit them at home by watching the lectures and listening to the real lecturer. If you are interested in gambling you can gamble at the legal casino online not visiting Macau or Las Vegas. Technologies brought us to space. But which future will we create? Will it be possible to live on other planets and travel around space? Elon Musk knows the answer.
Announcement From The Genius
Elon Musk announced a stunning plan to conquer Mars. He proposed moving from reconnaissance missions to building a full-fledged city on the Red Planet. At the heart of Musk’s plan is the creation of a huge reusable spacecraft that will make the flight to Mars accessible to every American.
As planned, a huge spaceship with a hundred colonists on board will be launched into orbit on a huge launch vehicle. It will then return to the launch pad. There, another ship will be attached to the rocket, not with people, but with fuel. The second ship will go into orbit and refuel the first, then return to Earth again. Both the carrier and the tanker will be used in future launches. Such a scheme should reduce the cost of launching and lighten the carrier’s load.
The carbon-fiber carrier, which is still unofficially called the Big Fucking Rocket (a reference to the game Doom), is larger than the Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX is currently launching smaller versions of it. Big Fucking Rocket has a height of 120 meters and gives a thrust at the start of 128 meganewtons. The huge rocket is powered by 42 Raptor engines, prototyped earlier this year, and liquid methane. It is cheaper than kerosene and can be mined on Mars.
The as-yet-unnamed spacecraft will fire its engines in orbit and deploy 20-kilowatt-hour solar arrays and head for Mars. The journey will take from 90 to 150 days, provided that Earth and Mars are closest to each other, and the ship picks up speed up to 100,000 kilometers per hour.
The First Flight Is Planned
In 2018, ships with equipment and automatic systems should start. The first humans will leave in 2024. After that, ships with specialists and supplies should be sent every two years to maintain and develop the colony. But it is known that Musk constantly misses the deadlines that he himself promises. Earlier he wanted to start sending people into space in 2014, but he would do it only by the end of 2018. He wanted to start production of the Model S in 2010 and started in 2012- m.
Do not forget about the recent world’s actions and wars. If that continues we might visit the underworld earlier than Mars. But Musk is not a politician and that gives him great benefits.
How Will Life Be Going On Mars?
The most impressive thing about Musk’s project is that this is not a scientific mission for a few people, but a self-sufficient settlement for thousands of people. At the presentation, he walked around all aspects of the life of the colonists. What they will live in, what to eat, how to protect themselves from radiation, and how to cope with stress. But he admits that the first flights will be dangerous, so the colonists must be prepared to die. Also, they will not be able to have children. It is too risky.
For the first decades, the colony will be dependent on parcels from Earth, but will partially learn to provide for itself. People will be employed in local industries, such as growing food and making fuel from ice and carbon dioxide. The latter is needed to send ships back to Earth and reuse them. Space transport is expensive enough to drop on another planet, Musk says, and it takes less fuel to take off from Mars than on Earth.
In order for a small civilization to grow from a colony, 40-100 years must pass. Over time, the cost of the flight will decrease and, according to Musk, will be about $200,000 per person. He compares the Martian project with the transcontinental railroad in the United States. When it was built, there were very few people in California, and now the state has become a technological and cultural center.
Elon Musk again surprises us. We hope this idea of his dream will eventually come true. Though, we still think that to conquer space we all need to be united.