Space + Flight

28
Feb

Millionaire’s Mission to Mars

Brian Vastag, reporting for the Washington Post:

The Inspiration Mars Mission for America would launch, by necessity of orbital mechanics, on Jan. 5, 2018.

There is no spaceship yet, and little notion of a budget. There is no funding beyond a two-year research and development commitment by Tito. But the wealthy former rocket scientist and financier has assembled a team of credentialed advisers and plotted a mission that teeters, outside experts say, on the edge of credibility.

“It’s about inspiring the children,” Tito said at a news conference Wednesday to announce the scheme.

That’s one tight deadline.