- My name is Sali, I am AI- Please donate me, Your donation will help us get more videos - Link donate : paypal.me/saliAI - Thanks all my friends :)Last year SpaceX CEO Elon Musk briefly touched on a plan that he thought could lead to human colonization of Mars. It was… stunning to say the least. His plan required thousands of launches using the largest rockets ever built. But now Musk has published the outline for the project in the academic journal New Space.The paper doesn’t reveal too much new. But the mission proposal may well be the most ambitious thing people have ever done. Most of the heavy lifting will be done with an array of SpaceX Raptor rockets. These are still under development, but each will be three times burlier than the Merlin engines that drive Musk’s current line of Falcons.If constructed as outlined, the booster for the Interplanetary Transport System (the main spacecraft) would be the most rocket ever constructed by almost an order of magnitude, dwarfing even NASA’s stunning Space Launch System. These boosters would each launch, land, and refuel several times to get the craft ready for its Mars voyage. From there, they’re off. Musk hopes that by launching many of this craft, we can jump-start a Martian colony and have a million people on the planet in just 50 years.This whole plan relies on countless things going really, REALLY well. But Musk is unfazed. As these rockets have to launch, land, refuel, and take off again, the paper suggests that SpaceX will be able to land the booster essentially directly back onto the launch pad so that it could be ready to go again in hours.That, Musk hopes will be enough to get each of the massive ITS crafts crewed and ready to go — these ships will remain in orbit, getting ready before launching when Earth and Mars positioned well in their orbits. Once the ITS delivers its payload, workers will refine Martial soil into fuel to send the ship back to Earth so it can repeat the process. This is the key. The Achilles’ heel of spaceflight is the tremendous cost. Musk’s push for reusability, though, save tens of millions or more on launch costs now. At this scale, the benefits become truly staggering. These missions, if successful, could end up running hundreds of billions less than they otherwise would.When Musk first discussed the plan it seemed like the stuff of dreams. His company had had a launch pad failure — one that crews are still repairing — just weeks before. Since then, though, the company has definitely been spooling up for something big.
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