SpaceX Will Send Your Stuff to Mars Starting at $62 Million
Finally, a good way to spend that $90 million that’s been burning a hole in your pocket.
Falcon 9 rollout. Image: SpaceX
Looking to chuck some of your belongings over to Mars? SpaceX has you covered, provided you have the dough. This weekend, the company updated its standard price options to include specs for journeys to the Red Planet.
The damage shakes out to $62 million for a Falcon 9 rocket launch with a payload of 4,020 kilograms (8,860 pounds) and $90 million for a ride on the much-anticipated Falcon Heavy rocket, set to debut in late 2016, which can ferry 13,600 kilograms (29,980 pounds) to Mars.
In addition to adding an interplanetary destination to its wares, SpaceX has also upped the payload capacity of the Falcon 9 to low Earth orbit from 29,000 pounds to over 50,000 pounds.
It's likely that these numbers will be subject to further change over the coming months, especially considering the Falcon Heavy has not yet flown. But the fact that Elon Musk and his team thought it was high time that Mars was added to the list of Falcon rocket family destinations shows how serious SpaceX is about flying its Dragon spacecraft to Mars in the near future.
"SpaceX is planning to send Dragons to Mars as early as 2018," the company announced on its Facebook page on Wednesday. "Red Dragon missions will help inform the overall Mars architecture that will be unveiled later this year. These missions will help demonstrate the technologies needed to land large payloads propulsively on Mars."
So, if you have a spare hundred million lying around, this is your chance to splurge on your very own Martian mission. Bon voyage.