SpaceX to Launch Mars Mission by September 2016? Ready to Send ‘Falcon 9’ to ISS

SpaceX SES-9 missionThe latest reports hints towards the possibility that SpaceX will be starting its Mars mission by fall this year.

The CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk recently revealed at the StartmeupHK festival that the technology giant is targeting a September date for launching its first Mars operation without any difficulties.

“The company is looking further ahead, to Mars and beyond, and could unveil its plan to do so as soon as September 2016,” said Elon, as reported by CNN Money. “The IAC takes place in Guadalajara, Mexico, from September 26 to 30, and it would appear Musk wants to unveil his super-heavy rocket and spacecraft for a Mars mission at the event.”

Besides, Elon also said that he is planning to launch its first spacecraft to Mars by 2025. The CEO’s statement has created a buzz that the private company would be able to send people to Mars with costs lower than that of NASA.

Also, the chief officer spoke about the tough situations and challenges that his employees will face on the Mars mission. “Going to Mars is definitely going to be hard and dangerous and difficult in every way you can imagine,” said Musk, reported Wired. “But if you care about being safe and comfortable, going to Mars would be a terrible choice.”

With the talks about the Mars mission, Musk also revealed that the company is planning to launch its failed “Falcon 9” mission again in the next month to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

Earlier in 2015, SpaceX’s spacecraft carrying regular supplies crashed just two minutes after takeoff, which was a major setback for the company. But recent reports claim that the aeronautics organization has fixed the problem and is ready to send the carrier craft to the space station.

“SpaceX’s return to the ISS is targeted for Friday, April 8 at 4:43PM Eastern,” reported PopSci. “The Dragon capsule will carry up supplies and science experiments–including, notably, a test version of Bigelow’s inflatable space habitat.” Also, the carrier spacecraft is expected to return back in May with biological samples from the space station, which would help to determine the health effects of long-term spaceflight.

Meanwhile, there are reports that the 44-year-old engineer is also planning to build up new generation of spacecraft and reusable rockets.

“We’ll have a next generation rocket and spacecraft beyond the Falcon-Dragon series, and I’m hoping to describe that architecture later this year at the International Astronautical Congress,” said Musk, as reported by Fool.

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  1. NASA is still struggling with 1960’s technology and the broad shadow of the Pentagon. They have yet to begin recovering from the bad decisions that brought us the Shuttle and the ISS. The lack of innovation has made Lockheed and Boeing billions of dollars through rigged no-bid contracts, intentional massive cost overruns, long production delays and failures to meet specs.

    NASA and the ULA build things in as many Congressional districts as possible to garner political support. But this almost doubles the cost and makes true quality control impossible. The decision turnaround time for NASA/ULA is 12-50 years plus. For SpaceX it is around three months. And it isn’t just SpaceX, but rather companies like Bigelow that are fostering innovation. There is a future to manned spaceflight, but it does not include NASA or ULA.

      • @anon Right, the ISS was a great reason not to venture beyond LEO. A great reason to placate all the senators by putting NASA Centers in their states. A great justification for spending money but going nowhere. Why did millions of Americans lose interest in space after the 1980s? Why are millions of Americans watching SpaceX launches again now?

        • The ISS has granted incredible amounts of scientific data. I am not talking about science experiments, although those have great scientific value too, but i am talking about the ISS itself. We know know a lot of challenges, and what has to be done to, for example, build a spacehabitat for travel to Mars. Sure there were plenty of mistakes made, but the ISS itself was not a Mistake. I read ISS status reports every day, and we learn something every single day, even if its only “part xy is leaking fluid yz because of…”. The next time we send this system into space, this problem will have been fixed.

  2. Elon clearly stated that they could unveil plans by September 2016, not launch a mission. There’s a big difference..

    • You perhaps have never taken the time to drive a Model S. As an owner of a 2014 Model S, I can assure you it is not idiotic but, the best vehicle I have ever owned. Yes, it costs a lot, but, Tesla is working down the price with upcoming models, and all other major manufacturers are scrambling to compete. Sometimes laughably like Cadillac and Porsche.

  3. There is a world of difference between launching in sep16 and unveiling plans on sep16 about someday (2025ish) launching. The real (not very new)news is they are going to show off their MCT super heavy launcher concept. By now they should have made significant headway with their Raptor engine that is going to power the beast. However details about all of it have been scarce and that is what awaits us on sep16 – more information on the subject.


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