NASA And Space X Will Launch An Unmanned Red Dragon To Mars Mission In 2018

First Posted: May 19, 2016 04:10 AM EDT

NASA is currently in partnership with Space X to develop a spacecraft for their unmanned mission to Mars in 2018. The name of the spacecraft is "Red Dragon."

Space stated that the Red Dragon will be launched in 2018 by Falcon Heavy Rocket. The mission is part of the NASA project to collect data for Mars landing. The said spacecraft is an improved version of the Space X's Dragon, which is used to transport supplies in the International Space Station.

The Space X boss, Elon Musk plans to reach the planet red planet in 2018. He is currently on designing modern yet functional spacesuits for the future mission to Mars. On the other hand, in his tweet, it shows that Red Dragon is not competent in housing and transporting space crew.

He will announce the details of the Red Dragon and the mission more this summer at the international Astronautical Conference in Mexico. He said that when boosted on a Falcon Heavy, Dragon can go pretty much anywhere and they were excited about exploring that possibility. He further said that the heat shield of a technology of the spacecraft will enable landing and entry in hotter planets such as Mars.

He added that they are particularly excited about an upcoming Space X project that would develop upon a current no-exchange-of-funds agreement they have in the company. In replace for Martian entry, descent and landing data from Space X, NASA will offer technical support for the firm's plan to attempt to land an uncrewed Dragon 2. It is possible then that men could reach the red planet because of the partnership between NASA and Elon Musk's Space X.

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