SpaceX continues to prove itself to be an ambitious and visionary limitless aerospace company. After launching a rocket into space and returning it to earth without damage, landing it both on a land base and on a maritime platform, both times after leaving his cargo in space, his new challenge is shown around the corner: Reaching Mars starting very soon, beginning of 2018.
Of course, they will not be missions with humans since Elon Musk, the CEO of the company, has already commented that this is estimated for 2025 – NASA, for its part, does not believe it possible before 2030 – but it is about starting with tests by launching their Dragon capsules, which in their second version are, according to Musk, able to land on any planet in the solar system.
Many are the variables involved and of which no greater detail is given, but it is anticipated that the powerful and still in development Falcon Heavy will be in charge of bringing the Dragon 2 to the red planet, at which time the capsule will be released to cross the thin atmosphere of Mars and initiate a controlled landing with the help of the SuperDraco thruster system that has already been tested in Texas:
As highlighted in ArsTechnica, more information on the mission plan will be known in September this year within the framework of the International Astronautical Conference to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico. [Goes: @SpaceX]