NASA has plans to launch a ISRU device in 2020. Mars, the atmosphere of Mars can convert carbon dioxide into oxygen
NASA space technology command center is currently trying to work with on SpaceX's Red Dragon Plan, towards a massive load landing on Mars. June 2, a new generation of aircraft suborbital Research Conference held in Broomfield, NASA Space Science and Technology Assistant Administrator Steve Jurczyk said the two sides of the 2018 Red Dragon project has conducted a preliminary conversation. However, from the time the task has been started less than 24 months, NASA is unlikely to be ready in such a short period of time corresponding to the load.
In April, NASA and SpaceX company announced that they were not revised and a funded Space Act agreement already exists, the agreement, NASA will provide technical support in many fields for the SpaceX company, SpaceX company will dragon spacecraft for NASA to provide mission to enter, drop, landing (EDL) phases of data to help NASA Mars project their future research. Jurczyk said, and SpaceX company's main purpose is to obtain the cooperation of the EDL data, because the spacecraft will demonstrate a concept called supersonic anti advance, that is, the technology enables the spacecraft landing actual load carried can far exceed the quality of the previous task.
If NASA can achieve high quality in the Red Dragon project load landing on Mars, Jurczyk said they were mainly interested in the field of resource utilization technology (ISRU), they will test the Martian surface or in the atmosphere from the extraction of water, oxygen or other resources technology. NASA has plans to launch a ISRU device in 2020. Mars, the atmosphere of Mars can convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, but he also said that NASA study ISRU other areas are also very interested. To use one of several Martian land in the water to produce drinking water, hydrogen and oxygen.
There is how to make the methane can be used as rocket fuel. Other technologies are also included on the surface of Mars can produce at least 10 kilowatts of electrical power systems. They hope to demonstrate these systems in an operating environment. Before sending astronauts to Mars, these technologies need to have been able to successfully run the Martian surface. SpaceX company said the Red Dragon is a series of non-manned program in the first project, the company hopes before the final implementation of the first manned landing on Mars planned launch unmanned spacecraft. June 1, Elon Musk SpaceX president said that from 2018, SpaceX company can perform for a Mars launch best in each period, each separated by a suitable launch period of 26 months.
Jurczyk said that if the 2018 Red Dragon goes ahead as planned, will provide endless possibilities to launch technology demonstration load in the future. SpaceX plans to be executed once every 26 months to plan, we will expand more about the 2020 program to communicate with them. NASA planetary sciences department heads also consider the company's Red Dragon and SpaceX plans to cooperate. Scientific and Technical Subcommittee on the planet held on June 7, Jim Green's highly praised SpaceX plans & ldquo; super exciting & rdquo ;.
Green said his department is part of NASA's plan to support the Red Dragon team, including cooperation between them at least with the assistance of the Red Dragon spacecraft with NASA's plan in the spring of 2018, a Mars lander insight emission numbers. Two detectors are required to enter the Deep Space Network, in particular during the landing phase. Although Green did not disclose other details of TCP Red Dragon project, but he supported the potential business investment cooperation, he said, we intend to intervene in such plans, careful observation, and proposed cooperation at the appropriate time.