I worked out how to reach Mars


David Davis

It’s the “wolf-goat-cabbage” problem. Simples.

(1) Build very large orbital station on high polar orbit: this is Ground Zero.

(2) On it, build IPS1 (interplanetary space one) which is the large Mars-orbital station. This will leave for Mars and never return.

(3) While IPS1 is with us, build the required Mars-landing/exiting daughter-craft plus the main large return-pod for the first returnees to Earth from Mars Ground Zero via a stopoff on the way back on IpS1 in Mars orbit.

(4) Launch IPS1 plus all its daughter-craft, listed in (3), target Mars, containing all necessary materials for seeting up the first ground colony/colonies, first probably of pioneer scientists and engineers.

(5) On Ground Zero build smaller planetary-crossing craft to act as subsequent shuttles, probably like the return-pods. If they can come back, they can go out too. Ferry further supplies and personnel as needed.

(6) Build IPS2 on Ground Zero, a copy of IPS1 incorporating mods found necessray from IPS1, and send it out, with more shuttles and supplies. It too does not need to return ever.

Sorted.

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8 responses to “I worked out how to reach Mars

  1. C H Ingoldby

    That’s actually clever.

    Just a random interesting idea or some significance I have missed?

  2. No, it just seemed logical when i was brewing a coffee with a student this morning. We decided it was the least difficult option: and it would mean that rather a large quantity of gear could be taken out on trip 1, and landed serially in the daughter-modules from Mars orbit. The two stations would stay where they are, at Ground Zero (Earth orbit for the main mother-station) and Mars orbit for ISP1, followed later by further Mars stations as traffic got more frequent.

    Only the shuttles would be needed for interstation transport of minor loads and personnel in transit either way.

  3. I’d like to think that one or both of you spent half the day doing cod Schwarzenegger impersonations saying “Get your ass to Mars.”

  4. Robert Groezinger

    Why a “high polar orbit”? Wouldn’t a “zodiacal orbit” (if that’s the right term – what I mean is an orbit more or less on the planetary plane) be more efficient?

  5. Yes it probably would Robert. I was typing fast and didn’t think of it at the time. Probably easier to reach the bugger for more of the time too!

  6. And, next up…..!

    Having forgotten about the moon totally, I guess there could be interstages round it too. Sort of “Ground Zero-and-a-Half….? It might be easier to jet away from it, moreover, with big heavy metal objects.

  7. C H Ingoldby

    Perhaps spacecraft could use the Moons gravitational pull to help catapult them on the voyage to Mars?

  8. The tricky bit (as always) is getting into orbit (particularly Earth orbit – Mars and/or the Moon are easier by comparrison). That’s why I’m rather interested in Skylon, or “son of HOTOL” (remember that one?) from Reaction Engines Ltd – http://www.reactionengines.co.uk/skylon.html

    Of course, as the project is British, it stands virtually no chance of coming to fruition, but I can dream, can’t I?