Just after Elon Musk presented SpaceX plans to begin Mars colonization, Lockheed Martin reveals a proposal for manned base camp that will orbit the red planet in 2028.
At no other time in history have we had the technology, the know-how, and the public enthusiasm to get humans to Mars.
Orion is NASA’s spaceship that will take humans into deep space, but it needs to be a part of a larger system to go to Mars.
Lockheed Martin’s concept is called Mars Base Camp and it’s our idea of how to send humanity’s first crewed mission to Mars in about a decade. The Mars Base Camp orbiting outpost could 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?
Mars Base Camp is aligned with NASA’s recently-announced lunar Deep Space Gateway approach for developing and testing systems, including Orion, in cis-lunar space before using them to go to Mars. The Gateway allows astronauts to live and work in orbit around the Moon for months at a time while gaining experience with extended operations far from Earth.