Looks like we got a good old fashion space race on our hands, this time not only between nations, as China, the U.S. and India have unveiled plans to land humans on Mars within a decade or two, but now also between private companies with SpaceX leading the way, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin not far behind and others to follow.
SpaceX’s billionaire founder Elon Musk was namely beaten to the punch on Friday by US Defence contractor Lockheed Martin, which revealed new details of its ‘Mars Base Camp’ concept at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia.
Mars Base Camp is Lockheed Martin’s vision of how to send humans to Mars in about a decade, it aligns with NASA’s lunar Deep Space Gateway, Mars surface lander and NASA’s spaceship Orion.
The Mars Base Camp will be an orbiting outpost that will:
Give scientists/astronauts the ability to operate rovers and drones on the surface in real time – helping us better understand the Red Planet and answer fundamental questions: Where did we come from? Where are we going? Are we alone?
View the company Mars Base Camp concept presentation from the IAC below.