SpaceX Claim Intent Of Sending Crewed Mission To Mars

April 23rd, 2011 | researchmaterial

Right here:

"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."

Which is big talk for an operation without a crew-rated vehicle capable of direct transLunar injection, let alone transMars injection.

Their Falcon Heavy is being touted as “the world’s most powerful rocket,” but that is a carefully relative term.  The heavy-launcher field is not what it was.  The Falcon Heavy is intended to loft payloads of 117000 pounds to Low Earth Orbit.  The Saturn V could lob 262000 pounds into LEO, and chuck 100000 pounds directly into TLI.  The Falcon Heavy is perhaps the world’s most powerful rocket right now.  No-one’s going out of town on a Falcon Heavy without a lot of staging and reassembly in orbit.  At best.


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