Elon Musk is the most noticeable man in the field of transhumanism. He is the billionaire entrepreneur behind the private spaceflight company SpaceX. SpaceX is now all set to send Red Dragon to Mars as early as 2018, said Elon Musk. Later this year Space X will also reveal their Mars colonization architecture.
Elon Musk founded SpaceX, where he is both CEO and chief designer, in 2002 with the goal of flying people in space. SpaceX is the first private company to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, which it did for the first time in 2012.
NASA the biggest possible agency working on space has in last September picked the company as one of two firms to fly U.S. astronauts to the station beginning in 2017 under a separate contract. The company has a $1.6 billion contract to provide 12 delivery missions to the station for NASA.
Musk announced the schedule to reveal to its Mars colonization program in an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit. He also informed that the plan is going to differ from that of Dragon capsules and Falcon 9 rockets SpaceX is flying today.
“The Mars transport system will be a completely new architecture,” explained Musk in the Reddit AMA. “Am hoping to present that towards the end of this year. Good thing we didn’t do it sooner, as we have learned a huge amount from Falcon and Dragon.”
He further elaborated that the goal of Space X is to send 100 metric tons (110 tons) of “useful payload.” “This obviously requires a very big spaceship and booster system,” he said.
Musk elaborated that spacesuits will meet both design aesthetics and utility requirements and that further details will be revealed later. Albeit he did not mention where the spacesuits would be used, it is most probable that they could form the basis for future Mars exploration.