This Is How Dennis Tito Plans To Send People to Mars | SpaceRef - Your Space Reference
Jared Sperli stashed this in space
The core premise of this initial mission concept is to use an upgraded SpaceX Dragon capsule as the habitable volume for the entire mission. This spacecraft would be launched on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy and follows an optimized free-return trajectory to Mars and back. As outlined in the paper, this conceptual mission would depart Earth on 5 Jan 2018, reach Mars on 20 August 2018, and return to Earth on 21 May 2019. Source: Tito et al.The closest that the spacecraft would get to Mars would be ~100 km - and the crew would only spend 10 hours within that distance of the planet - with closest approach on the night side. Not too different than the first human mission to the Moon when all things are taken into account
So he's working with SpaceX / Elon Musk on this?
Is it me or is 2018 really, really soon?
Less than fifty years after the first moonshot...