Two space launches from California, Relativity Space and Impulse Space decided to join forces to launch the first commercial mission to Mars in 2024. If they were to be implemented, they would be several years ahead of SpaceX, which intends to launch the Mars mission only at the end of the decade.
According to available data, in the context of the upcoming mission, Relativity Space will provide a reusable Terran R launch vehicle, which is primarily built with a 3D seal. The Impulse Space will create the Mars Cruise Vehicle platform and the Mars Lander landing module, which will deliver research equipment to the surface of the Red Planet.
If Relativity Space and Impulse Space were successful, they would be the first private companies to achieve Mars, but it was premature to speak about it; the fact is that none of those companies had conducted any successful space missions to date; moreover, Relativity Space had not conducted any Terran R launch and Impulse Space had not tested its engine in space.
==History==Relativity Space was founded in 2015 and has since been able to attract more than $1 billion in investment.
The company Impulse Space was established in 2021 and currently has only 40 employees. In its description of the startup on LinkedIn, the company intends to ensure that customers can or even reach other worlds. The company's website describes the development of , designed to deliver payloads to different orbits. The Mars mission of 2024 will use the platform and landing module developed in Impulse Space.
We note that Tom Müller, founder and CEO of Impulse Space, was one of the founders of SpaceX, where he also led an engine development unit from 2014 to 2019 and previously served as vice president of the company from 2002 to 2014.