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News Archive / Tagged: Mars Colonial Transporter

  • New photos emerge of SpaceX ITS LOX tank

    Scott JohnsonNovember 15th, 2016

    On Friday, Nov. 11, Reddit / Imgur user Death_Cog_Unit posted new photos of what is purported to be SpaceX's Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) – formerly Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT) – liquid oxygen tank (LOX) being loaded / unloaded on a barge in Anacortes, Washington.

  • Elon Musk answers questions about SpaceX’s Mars plans in surprise Reddit AMA

    Curt GodwinOctober 25th, 2016

    In stark contrast to questions SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk encountered following his Mars architecture announcement at the 2016 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) earlier this year, the NewSpace visionary entertained questions from a more informed group in a surprise Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Oct. 23, 2016.

  • Elon Musk shows off Interplanetary Transport System

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 27th, 2016

    In a presentation akin to something out of science fiction, Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX, announced the Interplanetary Transport System (ITS). The two-stage rocket will be bigger and send more payloads into space than anything in the history of spaceflight.

  • SpaceX shows mach diamonds are a rocket’s best friend with Raptor sneak peek

    Curt GodwinSeptember 26th, 2016

    SpaceX conducted the first firing of the company's Raptor engine. The test comes as the NewSpace firm prepares to make a major announcement about its plans to send crews to the Red Planet.

  • SpaceX sends Raptor to Texas for testing

    Derek RichardsonAugust 10th, 2016

    In a keynote address at a Utah conference about small satellites, SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell talked about how the company is working to fly CubeSats and other small spacecraft as a side payload on upcoming vehicles, including the Falcon Heavy and Red Dragon. She also mentioned the company has shipped the first Raptor engine to their McGregor, Texas, test facility for firing.

  • SpaceX: We could send people to Mars as early as 2024

    Derek RichardsonJune 3rd, 2016

    That is the timeline that CEO and Founder Elon Musk believes is achievable if everything goes according to plan with the ambitions that he has set for his NewSpace company, SpaceX.

  • SpaceX’s Mars Colonial Transporter: Rumors and Realities

    Nelson BridwellJanuary 18th, 2016

    For more than a decade, SpaceX CEO and Founder Elon Musk has been hinting at the eventual development of a super-heavy lift launch vehicle and accompanying spacecraft that can economically transport 100 metric tons (220,462 lbs) of cargo or 100 people to the surface of Mars.