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What might Musk's MCT look like?

30 Jun 2016, 13:17 UTC
What might Musk's MCT look like?
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Here is an entirely speculative look at Elon Musk's proposed Mars Colonial Transporter.There are no details available, so I'll simply be proposing some options for a vehicle that can carry 100+ people to Mars. I will be making plenty of assumptions and treating this like an entry in a high-level design challenge.For background, Musk's stated goal is to build a colony on Mars that will reach one million people b̶y̶ ̶2̶1̶0̶0̶ at some point, probably 3000.The point of SpaceX is to be a testbed and funding mechanism for this colonization effort. As unlikely as this sounds, I don't see any reason why it can't be accomplished given sufficient cash.Details after the break.(This post was updated with a better estimate of booster size and payload)((I'm not satisfied with the content; this post is a giant blob without enough detail. I plan to break this into several posts with a deeper look and more visibility into how I arrive at these numbers. Thanks for your patience.)) Assumptions: - The MCT booster (aka the Big Freaking Rocket) is implemented as a single 15 meter diameter core burning methane. - S̶a̶i̶d̶ ̶B̶F̶R̶ ̶w̶i̶l̶l̶ ̶a̶c̶h̶i̶e̶v̶e̶ ̶M̶u̶s̶k̶'̶s̶ ̶s̶t̶a̶t̶e̶d̶ ̶g̶o̶a̶l̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶1̶0̶0̶ ̶t̶o̶n̶s̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶M̶a̶r̶s̶ ̶s̶u̶r̶f̶a̶c̶e̶,̶ ̶w̶h̶i̶c̶h̶ ...

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