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mikey23545
04-25-2011, 12:35 PM
NEW YORK (AFP) – Private US company SpaceX hopes to put an astronaut on Mars within 10 to 20 years, the head of the firm said.

"We'll probably put a first man in space in about three years," Elon Musk told the Wall Street Journal Saturday. "We're going all the way to Mars, I think... best case 10 years, worst case 15 to 20 years."

SpaceX is one of the two leading private space companies in the United States and has won $75 million from the US space agency NASA to help its pursuit of developing a spacecraft to replace the space shuttle.

The California-based company last year completed its first successful test of an unmanned space capsule into orbit and back.

"Our goal is to facilitate the transfer of people and cargo to other planets, and then it will be up to people if they want to go," said Musk, who also runs the Tesla company which develops electric cars.

The US space shuttle program is winding down later this year with final flights of Endeavour set for next week and Atlantis in June, ending an era of American spaceflight that began with the first space shuttle mission in 1981.

When the shuttle program ends, the United States hopes private industry will be able to fill the gap by creating the next generation of spacecraft to transport astronauts into space.

"A future where humanity is out there exploring stars is an incredibly exciting future, and inspiring, and that's what we're trying to help make happen," Musk added in the interview.

Earlier this month SpaceX unveiled what Musk has called the world's most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, which will have its first demonstration flight at the end of 2012.

The launcher is designed to lift into orbit satellites or spacecraft weighing more than 53 metric tons, or 117,000 pounds -- more than twice the capacity of the Space Shuttle or Delta IV Heavy launcher.

SpaceX, short for Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, is one of two private companies that NASA has contracted to transport cargo to the International Space Station.

Musk, a South African who made his fortune in the Internet, created SpaceX in 2002.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/04/24/private-us-firm-aims-for-manned-mars-landing-in-10-20-years/

Douche Baggins
04-25-2011, 12:47 PM
It would be badass if a big private corporation got to Mars first, claimed the planet, turned it into a giant war machine and attacked earth for all it's natural resources. Invaders from...our own planet.

Donger
04-25-2011, 12:47 PM
Sounds crazy ambitious and optimistic, but I like it!

Donger
04-25-2011, 12:49 PM
I presume that he's talking about multiple heavy lifts to orbit (and then putting things together in orbit) in order for a Mars shot? That rocket couldn't do it in one launch.

ROYC75
04-25-2011, 12:50 PM
Wonder who will be the first Space Cowboy up?


OK, I'm thinking more George Jetson here.

Douche Baggins
04-25-2011, 12:54 PM
20 years is about right.

2032

Manned mission to Mars (http://www.futuretimeline.net/21stcentury/2030-2039.htm)

Perhaps the most long-overdue space mission in history is finally undertaken during this time. A full six decades after the Apollo landings, technology is now vastly improved - particularly with regards to IT and telecommunications.

The costs involved are still enormous, however. Rather than going it alone, NASA is forced to share the burden with other nations.

gblowfish
04-25-2011, 12:54 PM
Good. We need to find other planets that private corporate business can exploit.

BigCatDaddy
04-25-2011, 12:55 PM
Wonder who will be the first Space Cowboy up?




I have a few suggestions.

mikey23545
04-25-2011, 01:18 PM
I presume that he's talking about multiple heavy lifts to orbit (and then putting things together in orbit) in order for a Mars shot? That rocket couldn't do it in one launch.

I'm sure they must be...Sounds like it's going to be close to a Saturn V payload-wise...

Simplex3
04-25-2011, 01:19 PM
Good. We need to find other planets that private corporate business can exploit.

There aren't enough planets in the Milky Way to satisfy government greed, though.

mikey23545
04-25-2011, 01:22 PM
I'm sure they must be...Sounds like it's going to be close to a Saturn V payload-wise...

No, not even close...Saturn V : 260,000 lb to LEO...

mikey23545
04-25-2011, 01:24 PM
Good. We need to find other planets that private corporate business can exploit.

I don't know...For true dictatorial rule over a galactic empire only a brutal communist government can fill the bill...

notorious
04-25-2011, 01:26 PM
Prepare Gare Sinese and a 5 gallon bucket of eye-liner.

http://www.virtual-history.com/movie/photo/large/mtm002.jpg