Elon Musk plans Freight Train to Mars
Elon Musk’s next ground breaking development will be a real-life space freighter. SpaceX’s next craft – the Falcon Heavy rocket will be able to carry up to 54 metric tons into orbit.
That equals the cargo capacity of a Boeing 737 jet liner, and it is twice the capacity of the next largest rocket the Delta IV Heavy. SpaceX also claims the Falcon Heavy will cost one third as much as the Delta IV Heavy. Interestingly enough, the Falcon Heavy cannot carry as much as the Saturn V rockets; used in the US moon missions of the 1960s and 1970s.
Musk plans to use the Falcon Heavy as the basis for what he calls a freight train to Mars. The billionaire wants to start launching a regular cargo mission to the Red Planet, what he calls a freight train to Mars every 26 months. He hopes the first one will leave as early as 2018, just two years from now.
He also hopes to launch his first manned mission to Mars using the Red Dragon space capsule by 2024; and to have what he calls a Mars Colonial Transporter operating within 10 years. NASA’s plans call for a Mars landing sometime in the early 2030s.
A Cargo Route to Mars
The ultimate goal of the Mars freight train would be to haul enough people and equipment to the Red Planet; to build a city there. Musk revealed no details of that but he will invite governments; and other organizations, to participate in scientific missions to Mars within two years.
There might be commercial possibilities associated with the cargo route; such as mining on Mars. Strangely enough; Musk has not talked about the commercial possibilities of his scheme.
The goals are pretty dramatic considering the fact that SpaceX has not yet put a single astronaut into space. The furthest that its’ Dragon space capsule has traveled has been the International Space Station.
“Essentially what we’re saying is we’re establishing a cargo route to Mars,” Musk told The Washington Post. “It’s a regular cargo route. You can count on it. It’s going to happen every 26 months. Like a train leaving the station. And if scientists around the world know that they can count on that, and it’s going to be inexpensive, relatively speaking compared to anything in the past, then they will plan accordingly and come up with a lot of great experiments.”
Who will Own Mars?
Musk’s plan raises a host of ethical, legal and political questions. The biggest of which is how will Mars be governed? Will it be an independent nation; run by a corporation, administered by the United Nations, or a colony of some country here on Earth?
Legal problems include; who will own what on Mars. The most obvious and probably most troublesome legal question will be: how is somebody supposed to get title to land on Mars; if there is no government to issue it? Musk has failed to address these problems, but he needs to if he wants his scheme to make humanity a multi-planet species to succeed.
One has to wonder if somebody else could rent SpaceX’s equipment for other purposes; for example a manned mission to the Moon, or the construction of a lunar city. Musk might have no choice but to go along with that, because he still has not revealed how SpaceX intends to pay for his Martian excursion.
News reports indicate that Musk plans to reveal more details of his plan in September. The big question then will be: how will the governments of the world react to Elon and his plans for Mars? The reaction may not be pretty; or to Musk’s liking.https://geekcrunch.reviews/elon-musk-plans-freight-train-mars/https://i1.wp.com/geekcrunch.reviews/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Heavy.png?fit=650%2C440&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/geekcrunch.reviews/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Heavy.png?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1InnovationA Cargo Route to Mars,Dragon space capsule,Elon Musk,Falcon Heav,Freight Train to Mars,Mars Colonial Transporter,Red Dragon space capsule,SpaceX,Who will Own Mars?Elon Musk’s next ground breaking development will be a real-life space freighter. SpaceX’s next craft – the Falcon Heavy rocket will be able to carry up to 54 metric tons into orbit. That equals the cargo capacity of a Boeing 737 jet liner, and it is twice the capacity of...Daniel JenningsDaniel Jennings[email protected]AuthorGeek Crunch Reviews