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INTERPLANETARY SPACECRAFT - Patently-O

I'm looking forward to reading the first office action in this case — pretty cool approach for thinking through how to use a hollowed-out asteroid for a manned interplanetary spaceship. In his IDS, inventor Wayne White includes a set of interesting ...

Elon Musk tweets 'OccupyMars' as a reminder to interplanetary space mission - BGR India

Musk basically wants to turn humans into multi-planetary species and aims to establish colonies on the red planet. The central piece of Musk's vision centers on a reusable rocket-and-spaceship combo that he calls the Interplanetary Transport System (ITS).

Elon Musk is building a spaceship that's so ambitious, some experts call it 'science fiction.' Here's what SpaceX ... - Yahoo7 News

Inside, his engineers are building a colossal interplanetary spacecraft called BFR, the Big Falcon Rocket (or, as Musk has said, Big F---ing Rocket). On Thursday, SpaceX announced it had selected the first private passenger to be launched in the BFR.

SpaceX Sees Test Of Mars Interplantary Spaceship Happening Later - Investor's Business Daily

... tanker or a vehicle for delivering heavy payloads, like satellites, Musk said in March that the spaceship is currently under construction. "I can tell you that we are building the first ship, the first Mars interplanetary ship right now," Musk told ...

Human Exploration to Mars: Becoming Interplanetary - SETI Institute

Humanity is becoming interplanetary. Recent space science missions to Pluto and Jupiter, the discovery of thousands of exoplanets, and orbital missions to monitor Spaceship Earth offer lessons on how we will get to the Red Planet. Space agencies ...

SpaceX approved to build interplanetary spaceships at LA port - The TeCake

Elon Musk's SpaceX has been approved by the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday for building interplanetary rockets and spacecraft in a port of nineteen acres at Los Angeles in San Pedro. The approval for the thirty years lease agreement was given ...

SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket to be Built in Los Angeles - autoevolution

Should Elon Musk's plans to build the Big Falcon Rocket come true, the BFR, as it is called, will likely become the world's first interplanetary spaceship. And adorning its sides might be a sign saying “Made in Los Angeles.” 5 photos. SpaceX Falcon 9 ...

SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket, Humanity's First Spaceship - autoevolution

Earlier this week, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk posted on Instagram a photo which he captioned “main body tool for the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) interplanetary spaceship.” The image shows a big cylinder with six holes in it, the template using which parts of the ...

SpaceX Unveils 'Main Body Tool' of its Mars Spaceship - Laboratory Equipment

Musk posted a picture to Instagram on Sunday that shows a massive cylindrical structure he refers to as the “main body tool for the BFR interplanetary spaceship.” The structure is on props over a Tesla vehicle, dwarfing it by many times. The BFR ...

Elon Musk unveils SpaceX's BFR spaceship main body tool - Manufacturing Global

The founder posted a picture on his Instagram account of what he dubbed the “main body tool for the BFR interplanetary spaceship”. The tool is thought to be a manufacturing mould used to weave materials, such as carbon fibre, in the shape of the upper ...

Elon Musk Shows First Glimpse of the BFR Spaceship - autoevolution

A big cylinder with six holes in it. That is what Elon Musk showed the world on Instagram on Monday, saying it is the “SpaceX main body tool for the BFR interplanetary spaceship.” Meaning not the spaceship itself, but one of the tools which will be ...

That really is a Big F***ing Rocket! Elon Musk shows off the massive 'main body tool' that will be used to build the ... - Daily Mail

Musk in 2016 displayed the BFR's fuel tank, which can store up to 1,200 tons of liquid oxygen, as well as some video footage of the rocket's raptor engines. At nearly 348 feet tall, the BFR is a truly gigantic spaceship, towering over the 229-feet-tall ...

Huge! Elon Musk Shows off What SpaceX Will Use to Build BFR Spaceship - SFGate

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk posted a photo of his BFR interplanetary spaceship's "main body tool." Elizabeth Keatinge (@elizkeatinge) has more. / Buzz 60. Latest SFGATE videos. Now Playing: Now Playing. Trump's Approval Rating Rebounds In New Poll ...

SpaceX BFR: Everything We Know About Elon Musk's Massive Interplanetary Spaceship - International Business Times

Elon Musk's Mars colonization plans are no stranger to any of us. The billionaire wants to make mankind a multi-planetary species and has already made big strides toward achieving that goal. SpaceX recently launched Falcon Heavy rocket and is moving ...

Musk posts picture of BFR's 'main body tool' to be used for interplanetary missions - Fox News

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, posted a picture Sunday of what what he described as the “main body tool” for his company's BFR interplanetary spaceship. BFR—which reportedly stands for “Big F---ing Rocket,” will be designed to withstand planetary entry ...

The first SpaceX BFR should make orbital launches by 2020 - Phys.Org

To break it down, the BFR – formerly known as the Interplanetary Transport System – consists of a massive first stage booster and an equally massive second stage/spaceship (the BFS). Once the spacecraft is launched, the second stage would detach and ...

Elon Musk's vision of Mars exploration stirs our imagination - Albuquerque Journal

Next year on Mars. Well, not quite, but entrepreneur Elon Musk told the tech confab South by Southwest that the interplanetary spaceship he's building will be able to do short “up and down” flights by next year. Musk's goal is to colonize Mars, a ...

Elon Musk's age of exploration - mySanAntonio.com

Next year on Mars. Well, not quite, but entrepreneur Elon Musk told the tech confab South by Southwest that the interplanetary spaceship he's building will be able to do short “up and down” flights by next year.

Elon Musk brings back the Age of Exploration - Standard-Examiner

Next year on Mars. Well, not quite, but entrepreneur Elon Musk told the tech confab South by Southwest that the interplanetary spaceship he's building will be able to do short "up and down" flights by next year. Musk's goal is to colonize Mars, a ...

Musk: Atmospheric tests of interplanetary spaceship could happen next year - Spaceflight Now

A team of SpaceX engineers is building a prototype of the spaceship Elon Musk hopes will one day carry people and cargo deep into the solar system, and it could begin low-altitude testing next year, kicking off a multi-step test campaign before ...

The Interplanetary Transport System , formerly known as the Mars Colonial Transporter , is SpaceX's privately funded development project to design and build a system of spaceflight technology and remote human settlements on Mars— including reusable launch vehicles and spacecraft; Earth infrastructure for rapid launch and relaunch; low Earth orbit, zero-gravity propellant transfer technology; and extraterrestrial technology to enable human colonization of Mars. The technology is also envisioned to eventually support exploration missions to other locations in the Solar System including the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.

Rendering of an ITS launch vehicle departing Launch pad 39A, with an ITS tanker standing by (at left) for a rapid launch after the ITS booster returns to the launch site
Artist's impression of the Interplanetary Spaceship on the Jovian moon Europa.

The Interplanetary Transport System (ITS), formerly known as the Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT), is SpaceX's privately funded development project to design and build a system of spaceflight technology and remote human settlements on Mars— including reusable launch vehicles and spacecraft; Earth infrastructure for rapid launch and relaunch; low Earth orbit, zero-gravity propellant transfer technology; and extraterrestrial technology to enable human colonization of Mars. The technology is also envisioned to eventually support exploration missions to other locations in the Solar System including the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.

Development work began in earnest before 2012 when SpaceX began design work for the large Raptor rocket engine to be used for both the ITS launch vehicle and spacecraft (ITS tanker and Interplanetary Spaceship). New rocket engine designs are typically considered one of the longest of the development subprocesses for new launch vehicles and spacecraft. By June 2016, the company publicly-announced conceptual plans that included the first Mars-bound cargo flight of ITS launching no earlier than 2022, followed by the first ITS Mars flight with passengers one synodic period later in 2024, following two preparatory research launches of Mars probes in 2018 and 2020 on Dragon/Falcon Heavy equipment. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled details of the system architecture at the 67th International Astronautical Congress on 27 September 2016.

As publicly discussed, SpaceX is concentrating its resources on the transportation part of the project as well as a propellant plant that could be deployed on Mars to make methalox rocket propellant from local resources. However, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is championing a much larger set of long-term interplanetary settlement objectives, ones that go far beyond what SpaceX will build and that will ultimately involve many more economic actors—whether individual, company, or government—to facilitate the settlement to build out over many decades.