Showing posts with label Space Exploration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Space Exploration. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Official schematics for Interplanetary Transport System by SpaceX

Today SpaceX CEO Elon Musk finally detailed his plan of building an Interplanetary Transport System (formerly known as "Mars Colonial Transporter") for colonization of Mars and beyond. Here are some schematics and images from his presentation.
His full presentation you can watch here and download as PDF here.

SpaceX Mars Colonial Transporter schematic 01 - compared to humanSpaceX Mars Colonial Transporter schematic 02

SpaceX Mars Colonial Transporter schematic 03 - compared to other rocketsSpaceX Mars Colonial Transporter schematic 04 - compared to Saturn V rocket

SpaceX Mars Colonial Transporter schematic 05 - Raptor engineSpaceX Mars Colonial Transporter schematic 06 - Booster

SpaceX Mars Colonial Transporter schematic 07 - Booster engine configurationSpaceX Mars Colonial Transporter schematic 08 - Ship

Monday, February 16, 2015

Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets (2004)

Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets movie poster
Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets (2004) is a fictional documentary made by BBC about a manned voyage through the solar system. Five astronauts are traveling with nuclear powered spaceship Pegasus and land on Venus, then on Mars, then they make a close flyby of the Sun for a gravity assist maneuver slingshotting them to Jupiter's system where they visit Io and Europa, then Saturn's icy rings and finally land on Pluto. On their way home they also land on a comet experiencing its destabilization when it closes Sun.

On their voyage they encounter many problems of which the death of one of them (because of a radiation overdose during the flyby of the Sun) is the most depressing one. In all the hardships the landing on Mars where they are delayed only by a sandstorm seems to be one of the easiest one.

There are some scenes from the Mars part of the movie (click to view in full resolution):

Mars landerExploring Mars

Astronauts on MarsMars lander

The Mars part of the movie can be seen here:

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wanderers - a vision of our expansion into the Solar System

"Wanderers" is a short film by Erik Wernquist depicting "a vision of humanity's expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available." In background of the stunning visuals you can hear the words and voice of Carl Sagan - the famous inspirator of space colonization.

All the scenes seen in film are explained here.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ISECG strategy for long-range human space exploration

The International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) is a forum of 14 most advanced government space agencies - ASI (Italy), CNES (France), CNSA (China), CSA (Canada), CSIRO (Australia), DLR (Germany), ESA (European Space Agency), ISRO (India), JAXA (Japan), KARI (Republic of Korea), NASA (United States of America), NSAU (Ukraine), Roscosmos (Russia), UKSA (United Kingdom). Its main goal is to advance a long-range human space exploration strategy.

On August, 2013 12 ISECG member agencies (including NASA) released the most recent update to the Global Exploration Roadmap. The summary can be seen in this infographic:

space mission

On April 10-11, 2014 NASA plans to host a workshop to discuss the updates to this roadmap.

Hope, the private pioneers like SpaceX, Mars One and others will speed up those plans a bit!