Beacon Transcript – Elon Musk has revealed new, more detailed plans for his Mars colony, settlement which should include glass domes, underground spaces, a slew of robots, and humans.
The fact that philanthropist, businessman, and visionary, Elon Musk, is planning on sending people to Mars has long since been a known fact. After the tech-wizard first announced his plan, reactions were quick to follow as some praised and others criticized Musk’s dreams of colonizing Mars.
But as his space company, SpaceX, is getting ready to launch its rocket into space, and the space fight is intensifying, Musk took a break and sat down to explain his vision in more details during a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session.
According to his latest statements, the Mars colony would start out slow, with a scouting mission that would ensure the best possible landing on the planet. The next step of the Dragon scouting mission would be to find water so as to obtain a CH4/C2 Sabatier Reaction.
After setting up the landing place and water source the Heart of Gold spaceship, that will be built specifically for the Mars colony plan, will make an initial flight so as to transport equipment and other cargo.
The first few flights to Mars would all feature equipment and material loads, with the first human crew arriving only later when the team could start building the required living spaces.
This first human crew, which would comprise about a dozen members, would then proceed to build and test the established power system, the Mars Base Alpha and also the propellant plan.
As the Mars colony would most probably start out with glass domes on the planet’s surface, the geodesic carbon fiberglass panels could, later on, be used as green living spaces.
The repurposing of the domes would come after a number of robots would have already built a vast network of underground spaces. These spaces would be the base of a pressurized infrastructure targeting industrial operations.
Living and industrial spaces thus set up, the number of space flight would then have to be steadily increased so as to allow for the natural growth of the Mars colony.
Although the initial plan seems to be quite mapped out, there are still a great number of details left to clarify, one of the many being the way in which these glass domes will be constructed so as not to fall to pieces, or the probably more important aspect relating to man’s ability of travelling to Mars, and also landing safely and in one piece.
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