SpaceX hosting a Mars Workshop with 60 key scientists

SpaceX will host a “Mars Workshop” on Tuesday and Wednesday this week at the University of Colorado Boulder. SpaceX regularly meets with a variety of experts concerning its missions to Mars.

Nearly 60 key scientists and engineers from industry, academia, and government will attend the workshop. There will be some leaders from NASA’s Mars exploration program. Attendees are being asked to not publicize the workshop or their attendance.

There are three co-hosts:
* Paul Wooster, SpaceX’s principal Mars development engineer
* Margarita Marinova, senior Mars development engineer
* Bobby Braun, dean of the College of Engineering & Applied Science at CU Boulder. Braun wasa a former chief technologist for NASA.

Zubrin, Mars Colonization Champion notes the Key is SpaceX and Elon are showing it can be done

SpaceX has shown it is possible. Any other company in China or Russia or Europe or Japan that wants to attempt to become their countries version of SpaceX will get taken seriously and will have will get funding.

Gwynn Shotwell Talks in 2018

20 thoughts on “SpaceX hosting a Mars Workshop with 60 key scientists”

  1. Donate my life and bust my ass until I die to build a planet that we can live on in 50-100 generations! Sounds like the best investment humanity could make for our future. Your ancestors being able to go skiing and fishing on Mars because hard core colonist go and live and die for your future ancestors. Sign me up. Scardy cats and soft humans need not apply. I can work better and harder than most with broken bones and a hurt body. That is the type you need for terra-forming a dry, frozen hell into a livable planet, With Tomorrows science we may be able to warm it up faster than we can imagine today

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  2. Donate my life and bust my ass until I die to build a planet that we can live on in 50-100 generations!Sounds like the best investment humanity could make for our future.Your ancestors being able to go skiing and fishing on Mars because hard core colonist go and live and die for your future ancestors. Sign me up. Scardy cats and soft humans need not apply. I can work better and harder than most with broken bones and a hurt body. That is the type you need for terra-forming a dry frozen hell into a livable planet With Tomorrows science we may be able to warm it up faster than we can imagine today

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  3. Donate my life and bust my ass until I die to build a planet that we can live on in 50-100 generations! Sounds like the best investment humanity could make for our future. Your ancestors being able to go skiing and fishing on Mars because hard core colonist go and live and die for your future ancestors. Sign me up. Scardy cats and soft humans need not apply. I can work better and harder than most with broken bones and a hurt body. That is the type you need for terra-forming a dry, frozen hell into a livable planet, With Tomorrows science we may be able to warm it up faster than we can imagine today

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  4. Donate my life and bust my ass until I die to build a planet that we can live on in 50-100 generations!Sounds like the best investment humanity could make for our future.Your ancestors being able to go skiing and fishing on Mars because hard core colonist go and live and die for your future ancestors. Sign me up. Scardy cats and soft humans need not apply. I can work better and harder than most with broken bones and a hurt body. That is the type you need for terra-forming a dry frozen hell into a livable planet With Tomorrows science we may be able to warm it up faster than we can imagine today

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  5. Donate my life and bust my ass until I die to build a planet that we can live on in 50-100 generations!
    Sounds like the best investment humanity could make for our future.
    Your ancestors being able to go skiing and fishing on Mars because hard core colonist go and live and die for your future ancestors.
    Sign me up. Scardy cats and soft humans need not apply.
    I can work better and harder than most with broken bones and a hurt body. That is the type you need for terra-forming a dry, frozen hell into a livable planet,

    With Tomorrows science we may be able to warm it up faster than we can imagine today

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  6. I think that once their Starlink internet satellite constellation is up and running, they will have plenty of money to finance their Mars aspirations.

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  7. I think that once their Starlink internet satellite constellation is up and running they will have plenty of money to finance their Mars aspirations.

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  8. Don’t bother Jean, this new guy has some huge hate on for NASA. She is probably a moon-landing-hoaxer or something. Requests for explanations are ignored or outright insulted.

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  9. I concur. They can use all the help and external cooperation they can muster. It will also benefit NASA and others to cooperate on their maned space goals, given SpaceX is solving the biggest problem for them: the launcher, the interplanetary ship, the lander and the return ship, all in a single shot.

    But I think SpaceX doesn’t need them to accomplish some basic, visible goals.

    Currently and seeing what they have done, I do believe they can build BFR on their own means, test it and have it ready for operations at or near the stated dates.

    And I do believe they can send cargo rockets, full of useful stuff or silly items, to the martian surface as they stated they would.

    What happens next depends of course, on how the world reacts and aligns themselves. SpaceX could on their own accord, continue by only sending satellite launches and manned trips to the ISS or any other new facilities in Earth’s orbit for the foreseeable future. But I don’t think they want that. They want more, because Elon Musk has the silly dream of going to Mars one day.

    And this silly dream is what will make them offer more. Again, it depends on how the world would react and if it will take the bait. But after seeing them send ships to Mars and land them, I doubt the world will be indifferent.

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  10. I don’t doubt the dedication and technical competence of SpaceX personnel and their management. However, going to Mars will be expensive, and I can’t imagine that they’ll have a lot of revenue from it in the first decade or two. So to me, it all hinges on the funding. I don’t want to picture them suddenly running short on money and then having to compromise their plans in strange ways. I do hope SpaceX will give adequate attention to the Moon, since the Whitehouse is throwing funds in the direction, and competitor Blue Origin seems poised to align itself with those goals.

    While SpaceX has clearly demonstrated its leading skills in the space race, I hope that Mars won’t amount to biting off more than even they can chew. The Moon is a good place too – at least in the early years – and it’s only mere days away. I hope the Moon is included among BFR’s early flights, even if only as a shakedown for a full Mars trip.

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  11. While some they can be fighting for their budget, not all of NASA is an enemy of the new private upstarts.

    The SLS crowd will fight tooth and nail to the very end (and a lot of them are not even in NASA, occupying a place in Congress), but others at NASA will secretly or openly support SpaceX and any other company making cheaper access to space real.

    Because many at NASA are still afflicted by the space bug, and want to see things actually happen like any other space nuts out there.

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