Elon Musk’s private company SpaceX posted on Twitter that it is presently planning to send a spacecraft to Mars as soon as 2018. The mission whom SpaceX is naming 'Red Dragon' will comprise transporting a Dragon 2 spacecraft to Mars to recover samples collected by NASA’s Mars rover and then return them to Earth. Elon Musk declared this in a tweet: “Dragon 2 is designed to be able to land any-place in the solar system. Red Dragon Mars mission is the 1st test flight.”
SpaceX has had excessive plans to escort in a new era of recyclable rockets that may transport the 1st humans to Mars and return them back to Earth for a while. In 2011, SpaceX shared a video displaying how they were going to re-land a rocket booster after throwing it to space. This was something that had never been practiced before and in 2015, SpaceX started trying to land their rockets accurately how they had envisioned in the video.
According to the photographs, SpaceX plans to land on Mars following a super simple method that has never been applied before. Below is SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, which is not targeted to transport humans sitting on the Red Planet.
This unmanned Dragon capsule has been presently making trips to the International Space Station since 2010. But to transport this to Mars, which is approximately 560,000 times beyond, the Falcon 9(which takes it to the International Space Station) the Dragon will require traveling on a more powerful rocket than the Falcon 9.
SpaceX will use its “Falcon Heavy” rocket to get to Mars, shown below, that is decided to launch out of ‘Kennedy Space Centre’ for the 1st time in this year.
Landing a spacecraft on Mars is way complicated than on Earth. The last chief Mars landing was NASA’s Curiosity rover back in 2012. This landing was a huge success but extremely difficult, including half a dozen phases that, if not consummate perfectly, would end in calamity. NASA called the landing process "7 minutes of terror" because that is how long it took to move in the Martian atmosphere and land.
But this technology is not suitable for man operated mission just yet.