Private space venture aims to land on Mars by 2026

Commercial landing on Mars A little more time will have to wait as two private space companies have renewed their plans to touch down on REd B.lanet, apparently delaying it for two years for reasons not made clear.

He was speaking at the Human to Mars Summit held in Washington from May 16 to 18. Executives from private space companies Impulse Space and Relativity Space announced that their joint venture to Mars is now on track for a 2026 launch, according to Space News. reported.

Both companies announced first It plans to launch the first commercial mission to Mars in July 2022, with a tentative release date of 2024. Although the executives did not disclose the reason for the delay, it could be related. Relativity Space’s decision to remove Terran-1 rocket After failing to reach orbit during its maiden voyage in March. Instead, the company, which builds its rockets using 3D metal printing, is focusing on building its successor, the Terran-R, which will debut in 2026, two years later than expected.

Terran-R is designed as a 3D printed, medium-to-heavy lift orbital launch vehicle, capable of carrying 33.5 metric tons to orbit, that the company intends to use for its upcoming mission to Mars. On the other hand, Impulse Space will contribute the Mars Cruise Vehicle and the Mars Lander.

Relativity and Impulse Space Announce First Commercial Mission to Mars

Not only do the two companies hope to become the first commercial venture to land on Mars, but they also want to start regular missions to Rhee.T Blanet to create a „sustainable supply chain for Mars,” Josh Prost, Relativity Space’s senior vice president of revenue operations, was quoted as saying in SpaceNews. The launch window from Earth to Mars opens every 26 months, and the two companies intend to send „at least one mission” for each launch window, Impulse Space’s chief operating officer Barry Matsumori told SpaceNews.

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„By making transportation to Mars more affordable, you open up that iteration loop, which can lead to previously unimaginable advances,” Prost added.

Private space companies are starting to aim big. California-based Rocket Lab wants to launch a company First business trip to Friday and explore the planet’s clouds for possible life. But Tokyo-based ispace’s It failed to become the first private company to land on the moon As proved, space can be very difficult. Commercial space ventures may need some more experience before landing.

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