Today on Far Future Horizons we present another animated film created using the incredibly versatile Orbiter Space Flight Simulator.
On 27 April 2016 SpaceX announced that they will proceed with the robotic mission for a 2018 launch and NASA will be providing technical support.
SpaceX's 2018 trip would use what the company calls its Dragon spacecraft boosted into space by Falcon Heavy, a massive rocket powered by 27 first-stage engines. Falcon Heavy would have more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, or about the equivalent of 18 747 airplanes.
Mars launch opportunities occur every 26 months, and the next launch window opens in May 2018. If SpaceX misses that chance, the next Mars window comes in July and August of 2020.