The choice for fuel type is the final ingredient in managing costs, and there are three main choices: kerosene, hydrogen/oxygen, and deep-cryo methalox (a type of methane). It’s hard to make traditional jet fuel (kerosene) on Mars, and hydrogen is expensive and difficult with the planet’s conditions. Methane is the clear winner, easier to produce and less cost per unit than most via methane (and deep-cryo methalox specifically).Musk revealed that SpaceX has already built a fuel tank prototype, u
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Upgrades to Dragon are currently in progress. Dragon’s first manned test flight is expected to take place as as 2018.
It&aposs been a long process to get to this point. Schedule delays have pushed back the first crewed tests of the new astronaut transport capsules being built separately by Boeing Co. and SpaceX under NASA contracts. And the two companies must still complete additional testing and address lingering safety concerns before reaching that milestone.The hearing comes just under two weeks after SpaceX launched the classified Zuma satellite, which was reportedly lost.
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At the 2017 International Astronautical Congress, Elon Musk revealed new plans about vehicles that will take people to Mars. (SpaceX) SpaceX, which Musk founded with the aim of colonizing Mars, is one of several private and government-funded ventures vying to put people and on the red planet, and other destinations beyond Earth&aposs orbit.