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    Roger Strong (profile), 27 Apr 2016 @ 9:11pm

    Re: Why 2018? Is there a rush to get to Mars?

    SpaceX developed and launched its Falcon 9 rocket in less time and FAR less money than it took NASA to develop - unsuccessfully - Ares I.

    SpaceX's Mars rocket, Falcon Heavy, has been in development for several years and is expected to have its first launch in November. It's essentially three Falcon 9 first stages strapped together with a Falcon 9 second stage on top, so most of the hardware has already flown.

    Propellant crossfeed between the first stages and the extra staging events are a new wrinkle.

    > Why 2018 anyway? 2020 would seem a more realistic date.

    2018 sounds like the absolutely most optimistic date. If there are any bugs to work out with those new wrinkles in Falcon Heavy, it could push back the mission by a couple years.

    And while the Dragon capsule is now making regular visits to ISS, it hasn't done a propulsive landing from altitude yet. It has however done a short hover test, verifying that the propulsion system can be used to do so.

    Keep in mind that the 2018 goal is for an unmanned lander. Colonization is much further in the future.

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