Credit: Lockheed Martin


An orbital Mars Base Camp could be circling the Red Planet in 2028, a facility housing researchers to unlock key questions about that complex planet as prelude to a human expedition setting foot on the far-away world.

Joystick exploration

Circling Mars in a highly elliptical orbit, the six-person Mars Base Camp would make use of virtual reality, immersive technology, and artificial intelligence to joystick advanced rovers and other craft on the planet in real-time.

Credit: Lockheed Martin

Thanks to continuous, high-data rate communications, the Mars Base Camp is designed to vastly amplify the collection of imagery and scientific facts gleaned from multiple sites on the planet – data amassed over a full year of real-time exploration.

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‘Mars Base Camp’: Lockheed Fleshes Out Red Planet Space Station Plan

By Leonard David,’s Space Insider Columnist

April 3, 2017 08:00am ET

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