With the last two NASA Space Shuttle flights planned for this year, what is the future of manned spaceflight? Well there is the Russian and European programmes to consider but these are limited to delivering crew and cargo to the ISS and orbital satellite launches.
It seems that the future could lie with SpaceX a US based private aerospace company who have already tested the Falcon heavy lift rocket for cargo, but with its people carrying Dragon spacecraft installed the company believe that they are able to land the capsule onto any solid planet in the solar system, which would suggest Mars!
According to SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, he spoke to The Wall Street Journal and said, “SpaceX will enable humans to set foot on Mars in 10 years, with the worst case being 15 to 20 years. Is this the commercial equivalent of John F. Kennedy’s vow to reach the moon by the end of the ’60s? Looks like SpaceX is off to a good start.”