SpaceX May Land Rocket at the start

Mission “Mars Colony” SpaceX can bring “accurate missile landing” to a whole new level.

The company Elon Musk has already brought the Falcon 9 bunker to Earth 11 times during the orbital launches, each time successfully targeting a relatively small landing zone: either the robotic ship deck in the sea, or the terrain area near the launch site,

But these landings can become even more accurate when SpaceX starts flying on its huge reusable Mars missiles, which the company is developing to help create a million-strong city on the Red Planet.

“If you are watching the Falcon 9 landings, you will see that they are getting closer to the bullish eye,” Musk wrote in a recently published commentary in the journal New Space, which outlines the plans of Mars SpaceX.

“In particular, with the addition of maneuvering engines, we think that we can actually return the booster to the launch booth,” he added. “Then these fins at the bottom, in fact, are the centering elements, to bring to the launch site any slight inconsistency of position.”

Originally this launch site is likely to be the historic Pad 39A at the NASA Space Center in Kennedy, Florida, which SpaceX has been renting at the agency since 2014, writes Musk. Pad 39A has placed the launch of NASA’s Saturn-B, the most powerful vehicle that ever flew.

“In the future, we plan to add additional launch sites, perhaps adding one on the south coast of Texas, but it gives you an idea of ​​the relative ability,” Musk added in the article “The New Space,” which talks about how he was introduced in September 2016 at a conference in Mexico.

The SpaceX Mars rocket will be the strongest ever produced, capable of lifting 300-meter tons (330 tons) into near-Earth orbit (LEO) in the variant of reusable use of the missile, Musk writes. (Saturn V could get 135 metric tons, or 150 tons, to LEO.)

Such Mars rockets land the colony’s spacecraft into Earth’s orbit, as well as tankers that will feed the colony’s ship. Then the accelerators will return to the launch pad, where they will be prepared for a fast flight.

Meanwhile, spacecraft will stay in orbit until Mars and Earth are properly aligned, a window that opens every 26 months. Then the ships of the colony will go to the Red Planet massively, carrying at least 100 people each.

All these different components will be reused, said Musk. Each rocket will be able to launch 1000 times, while each tanker and spacecraft will fly about 100 and 15 times, respectively. (Spaceships will make the journey of Earth-Mars in both directions.)

This reuse is the key to reducing costs, which requires that the colonization of Mars ever become economically feasible, Musk said. He estimated that the SpaceX plan could reduce the price of a trip to Mars to $ 200,000 or less per person, from $ 10 billion or so, it would cost using the currently available rockets and spacecraft.

The first ships of the colonies of Mars can begin to operate in a decade or so, if everything will be perfect, writes Mask.

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