Today, two American companies have announced the first commercial mission to Mars. This is Relativity and Impulse Space. The first will be responsible for the launch, which will be carried out with the Terran R rocket, and the second will build a landing platform capable of delivering commercial payloads to the surface of Mars. Commercial means that it will be offered on the market, but it will mainly be scientific experiments.
Both companies announced this unexpected cooperation on July 19, 2022, opening up the prospects for commercialization of the Mars trip that we are already seeing for the Moon, which is scheduled to be launched in 2024 and will be one of the first launches of Relativity Space.
The machine that will arrive on Mars is called Mars Lander, and the machine that will provide his journey from the time of his separation from Terran R is called Mars Cruise Vehicle. The agreement between the two companies is exclusive until 2029, suggesting that Impulse Space wants to launch more missions like this. Just a few weeks ago, Relativity Space announced that it had already signed the Terran R launch contracts totalling $1.2 billion with five different companies.
However, none of the Impulse Space technologies have yet been tested in space. The same applies to Relativity Space, which is about to launch the first Terran 1 launch, a reduced, multiple version of Terran R, by the end of 2022. The announcement of the Mars mission by the two companies may seem at least premature. However, both companies have received funding and confidence, as few others have.
In addition, these two startups combine the fact that they are aimed at the development of Mars, and the founder and CEO of Relativity Tim Ellis, among other things, since its founding, has stated that the main purpose of his company is to facilitate the SpaceX mission to establish a permanent base on Mars.
"," said Tom Mueller. One of the most difficult aspects of landing on Mars is the "sliding phase", which involves creating an aerodynamic sheath to seal the landing machine in order to survive the landing on Mars. Thanks to the strength of our teams, our experience and our passion, I am sure that this historic mission will be just one of many futures.