Talk:Red Dragon (spacecraft)

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Useful info[edit]

http://digitalvideo.8m.net/SpaceX/RedDragon/karcz-red_dragon-nac-2011-10-29-1.pdf --Craigboy (talk) 14:55, 13 May 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. Thanks, BatteryIncluded (talk) 03:24, 14 May 2012 (UTC)

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/marsconcepts2012/pdf/4216.pdf
http://www.livestream.com/marsconcepts2012/video?clipId=pla_93f6e4fc-0442-4533-a9ee-ff895fce0cf2 (starts around 45 minutes)
--Craigboy (talk) 07:16, 2 July 2012 (UTC)

NASA Discovery mission[edit]

There is no Announcement if Opportunity for any new NASA Discovery mission. The last AO was 2010 and this is now Insight launch 2016. How do they apply for funding for a mission with the launch in 2018? This looks like a made up story to look like a possible mission. --Stone (talk) 22:45, 15 March 2013 (UTC)

Although the players are NASA and Space X, you got a good point. Should we change it to: "it has not been formally proposed"? -Cheers, BatteryIncluded (talk) 18:30, 16 March 2013 (UTC)

The rationale for researching Mars ice[edit]

Is the rationale that humans want not only to find water for a future colony, but that they need water ice and dry ice to make methane and liquid oxygen locally in Mars, because SpaceX has to fuel the Raptor rocket engine if the transportation is to be two-way? Elon Musk has talked about the "Mars people mover" and surely the vehicle has to be fueled with local sources of methane and oxygen... and that requires the local production of those, as the cost of sending those from Earth would be likely higher than locally producing those. Therefore, the resources have to be mapped and analyzed. --85.76.119.213 (talk) 05:28, 29 June 2013 (UTC)

A SpaceX mission to mars which has to use self-made fuel for I fly back is decades away. There will be countless missions before that mapping ice and dry ice (the atmosphere is a lot of CO2 so dry ice is not needed as source). The shift in Falcon9 V1.1 and all minimal payload to ISS and a lot of press rumour about a suggestion of a red-ragon for 2018 I have not seen yet make me think that like most companies there is a lot merchandising going on.--Stone (talk) 18:59, 29 June 2013 (UTC)