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Robert Pearlman
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SpaceX on Wednesday (April 27) announced on Twitter:
Planning to send Dragon to Mars as soon as 2018. Red Dragons will inform overall Mars architecture, details to come.
Elon Musk added:
Dragon 2 is designed to be able to land anywhere in the solar system. Red Dragon Mars mission is the first test flight.

But wouldn't recommend transporting astronauts beyond Earth-moon region. Wouldn't be fun for longer journeys. Internal volume about the size of SUV.

Robert Pearlman
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The mission has NASA's participation, according to deputy administrator Dava Newman:
Among the many exciting things we're doing with American businesses, we're particularly excited about an upcoming SpaceX project that would build upon a current "no-exchange-of-funds" agreement we have with the company. In exchange for Martian entry, descent, and landing data from SpaceX, NASA will offer technical support for the firm's plan to attempt to land an uncrewed Dragon 2 spacecraft on Mars.

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A Mars mission architecture SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk will unveil in September will call for a series of missions starting in 2018 leading up to the first crewed mission to the planet in 2024, reports SpaceNews.
In an on-stage interview at the Code Conference, run by the technology publication Recode in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, Musk repeated earlier comments that he would announce his architecture for human missions to Mars in September at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.

That plan would start with the uncrewed launch of a Dragon spacecraft in 2018 on a Mars landing mission dubbed Red Dragon. SpaceX announced April 27 it would fly that mission working in cooperation with NASA, who will provide technical expertise but no funding in exchange for data from the spacecraft's Mars landing attempt.

"The basic game plan is that we're going to send a mission to Mars with every Mars opportunity from 2018 onwards," he said. Launch windows for Mars missions open every 26 months, with the next opening in the spring of 2018.

"We're establishing cargo flights to Mars that people can count on," he said. "I think if things go according to plan, we should be able to launch people probably in 2024, with arrival in 2025."

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Elon Musk spoke with The Washington Post about SpaceX's plans to establish a cargo route to Mars.
"But I do want to emphasize this is not about sending a few people to Mars," he continued. "It's about having an architecture that would enable the creation of a self-sustaining city on Mars with the objective of being a multi-planet species and a true space-faring civilization and one day being out there among the stars."

He said he hadn't yet figured out who would be among the first to go, or how they would be chosen. But he said they would be pioneers willing to take the risk. "Hopefully there's enough people who are like that who are willing to go build the foundation, at great risk, for a Martian city.

"It's dangerous and probably people will die — and they'll know that," he continued. "And then they'll pave the way, and ultimately it will be very safe to go to Mars, and it will very comfortable. But that will be many years in the future."

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