Right on the heels of its first successful sea landing, SpaceX announced on Wednesday that it is planning to send a Dragon spacecraft to Mars as soon as 2018. SpaceX says that the proposed Red Dragon craft will inform the “overall Mars architecture,” but has yet to release any details about the mission.
Earlier this year, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told attendees at the StartmeupHK Festival in Hong Kong that the company would reveal its plans for Mars travel in 2016 and hoped to introduce commercial flights to the red planet by 2025.
If previously announced plans for the missions are any indication, SpaceX is planning to use Falcon Heavy rockets to launch the Red Dragon capsules into space. The Red Dragons are able to enter, descend and land on Mars without the use of a parachute, while carrying a payload of up to 2,200 lbs.
We’ll keep an eye out for any further developments, but it looks like we’re going to be waiting for quite some time before this plan comes to fruition.