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(BBC-US)   Elon looks to 2024 for first Mars mission, assuming the construction of his secret solar-powered volcanic island underground lair continues on schedule. But if the wooly avian raptors get out of their cryo-stasis fields again, all bets are off   ( bbc.com) divider line
    More: Cool, Mr Musk, BFR, SpaceX, Falcon 9, BFR fly, rocket, South African-born American, International Astronautical Congress  
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2017-09-29 09:06:41 AM  
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dittybopper: Manned Mars missions aren't going to happen until we start using nuclear engines.  Hopefully, we can modify the Limited Test Ban Treaty to allow nuclear explosions in space for propulsive purposes.  If we build an Orion-class ship powered by nuclear bombs, all of the other difficulties involved in getting to and from Mars largely evaporate:  Food, water, air, radiation protection, etc all become much easier when total mission time is less than a year in total than when mission time stretches out to 3 years.


Eliminate the radiation exposure by massively increasing the radiation exposure?

There are much better ways of using fission systems for propulsion.
2017-09-29 08:35:31 AM  
2 votes:
Did he really call it the BFR?

Hahahahahahaha. That's fantastic.
2017-09-29 02:11:26 PM  
1 vote:
Gee, I wonder what sort of application there might be for transporting 100 "passengers" from a base in the U.S. to anywhere in the world in less than 40 minutes? Mr. Musk may have found his funding source after all. Welcome to the dark side!
2017-09-29 11:47:01 AM  
1 vote:

BalugaJoe: Share water.


May you always drink deep.
2017-09-29 10:05:59 AM  
1 vote:
I'd rather send a manned mission to titan.  Mars is just one tick away from going to the moon.  Titan has atmospheric pressure and actual interesting features like oceans of stuff, clouds, weather, etc.

although I"m not sure how much radiation saturn puts out and how much titan can deflect.
2017-09-29 09:33:36 AM  
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natazha:

Eliminate the radiation exposure by massively increasing the radiation exposure?

There are much better ways of using fission systems for propulsion.


Thinking of something like NERVA? That'd certainly work, and refuelling it at mars wouldn't be any more complex than refuelling their methane / oxygen rockets. Plus there's the whole benefit of landing a nuclear reactor on mars - lots of metals are extractable from martian regolith with that much power on tap, which'd significantly cut down on needed transport of construction materials.
2017-09-29 08:41:40 AM  
1 vote:
Share water.
2017-09-29 08:18:09 AM  
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Manned Mars missions aren't going to happen until we start using nuclear engines.  Hopefully, we can modify the Limited Test Ban Treaty to allow nuclear explosions in space for propulsive purposes.  If we build an Orion-class ship powered by nuclear bombs, all of the other difficulties involved in getting to and from Mars largely evaporate:  Food, water, air, radiation protection, etc all become much easier when total mission time is less than a year in total than when mission time stretches out to 3 years.
 
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