Elon Musk's vision of a self-sustaining city on Mars published in New Space

June 14, 2017
Credit: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers

The Commentary entitled "Making Humans a Multi-Planetary Species presents the vision of Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, for future manned trips to other planets and specifically what will be needed to create a self-sustaining city on Mars. The article, drawn from Mr. Musk's presentation at the 67th International Astronautical Congress, is published in New Space, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the New Space website until July 5, 2017.

In the paper, Mr. Musk explores the planetary options for expanding to a -bearing civilization and describes the advantages Mars offers. He provides a comprehensive review of a system architecture required for a rocket and spaceship capable of transporting people and supplies to Mars, comparing possible vehicle designs and performance features. A major challenge facing engineers and scientists at present and discussed in the article is the need to improve the cost per ton of transporting materials to Mars by 5 million percent.

"In my view, publishing this paper provides not only an opportunity for the spacefaring community to read the SpaceX vision in print with all the charts in context, but also serves as a valuable archival reference for future studies and planning. My goal is to make New Space the forum for publication of novel exploration concepts-particularly those that suggest an entrepreneurial path for humans traveling to deep space," says Editor-in-Chief Scott Hubbard, Stanford University.

Explore further: SpaceX's Elon Musk elaborates on plan to colonize Mars

More information: Elon Musk, Making Humans a Multi-Planetary Species, New Space (2017). DOI: 10.1089/space.2017.29009.emu

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LagomorphZero
not rated yet Jun 14, 2017
was hoping for something new here, but it is a word for word transcript (including images) of his initial speech announcing the project a few years ago
Nick Gotts
5 / 5 (1) Jun 15, 2017
"to improve the cost per ton of transporting materials to Mars by 5 million percent"

Er... that would mean transporting materials to Mars would need to produce a payoff - i.e. a negative cost - of 4,999,950% of the magnitude of the current cost. But that's really no more unrealistic than most of the hogwash Musk comes out with.
Nick Gotts
not rated yet Jun 20, 2017
"to improve the cost per ton of transporting materials to Mars by 5 million percent"

Er... that would mean transporting materials to Mars would need to produce a payoff - i.e. a negative cost - of 4,999,950% of the magnitude of the current cost. But that's really no more unrealistic than most of the hogwash Musk comes out with.
TheGhostofOtto1923
not rated yet Jun 20, 2017
An article today about mars radiation danger.

"A team re-examined how damaged DNA can cause cancer. They then estimated levels of radiation exposure in space and on Mars. Their results are devastating.

"The risk of cancer on Mars is twice as high as previously thought."
http://www.busine...s-2017-6

-I didnt see it here on physorg.

This could be why musk bought his own tunnel borer to play around with.

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