Credit: Elon Musk/SpaceX

Credit: Elon Musk/SpaceX

 

 

Elon Musk, chief rocketeer at SpaceX, has tweeted a new technological success update – the firm just achieved the first firing of the Raptor interplanetary transport engine.

A key SpaceX propulsion development for Mars is the Raptor, a liquid oxygen/methane engine.

Credit: Elon Musk/SpaceX

Credit: Elon Musk/SpaceX

 

Mars plans revealed

SpaceX founder, CEO, and Lead Designer Elon Musk is unveiling his humans to Mars plan at the 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), now underway in Guadalajara, Mexico.

In the past, Musk has detailed his intention to use a Red Dragon spacecraft to fly in un-crewed mode to Mars in the 2018 time period. Later flights of the craft would transport humans to the planet.

Using Supersonic Retro Propulsion to touch down on the Red Planet, the Red Dragon may well deploy scientific devices, particularly hardware that could demonstrate made-on-Mars propellant.

Retro-propulsion trial by fire. SpaceX first stage landing taken by remote camera photo from "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship on April 8, 2016. Credit: SpaceX

Retro-propulsion trial by fire. SpaceX first stage landing taken by remote camera photo from “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship on April 8, 2016.
Credit: SpaceX

 

Propulsive prelude

The engine test comes as a propulsive prelude to Musk’s unveiling of his Mars plan at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC).

Now taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico, the IAC has announced that, for the first time in its history, all Plenary Events are to be live broadcasted.

Credit: SpaceX

Credit: SpaceX

 

 

 

Musk is set to deliver his one-hour talk “Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species” – a presentation that will air on Tuesday, September 27th at 13:30 – 14:30 (local time in Guadalajara).

 

Credit: SpaceX

Credit: SpaceX

 

 

 

Technical challenges

Musk will discuss the long-term technical challenges that need to be solved to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars. The technical presentation will focus on potential architectures for colonizing the Red Planet that industry, government and the scientific community can collaborate on in the years ahead.

 

 

 

Webcast resources

To tune in on the Musk presentation and other key Plenary Event discussions, go to:

http://livestream.com/accounts/4426843/events/6315496/player?width=640&height=360&enableInfoAndActivity=true&autoPlay=true&mute=false

Also, for a listing of all upcoming Plenary Event topics go to:

http://www.iafastro.org/events/iac/iac2016/plenary-programme/

The world space meeting runs from September 26-30.

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