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The Moon, Mars, & around the Earth – Musk updates BFR architecture, plans

29 Sep 2017, 07:39 UTC
The Moon, Mars, & around the Earth – Musk updates BFR architecture, plans
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Speaking at the 2017 International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, Elon Musk has laid out a much anticipated update to SpaceX’s Mars colonization plan – including a slightly scaled back version of the BFR vehicle introduced last year. Included in this update, excitingly, was the announcement of the company’s aim to establish a human base on the moon and use the BFR for Earth-based transport – taking people anywhere on the planet in less than an hour.

SpaceX – a juggernaut that proves the “impossible” possible:
From the beginning of SpaceX’s conception, Elon Musk has been on a mission to change the paradigm of the rocket business.
Employing a multi-faceted approach revolving around the reduction of costs involved with launching rockets and the frequency at which those launches occur, SpaceX – especially in the last year – has become a true force to be reckoned with in the space industry.
Since June 2016, every single Falcon 9 first stage that has attempted landing has succeeded – some from incredibly “hot entry” profiles that required last-second three-engine hover slam landings onto the ASDS (Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship) and that prompted caution from Musk that their landings might not succeed.
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