Space X and NASA are on the verge of new discoveries as both aims on achieving the feat of history. It is not a question of who will bring people to Mars first and which business deal would win because NASA and Space X are treading on the same path, and as both sector propels itself, their Mars program collides.
Discovery News relayed, "Billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, never one to rest on his laurels, recently laid out the opening move in his long-term quest to land people (himself included) on Mars and the plan begins with a Dragon capsule, similar to one of the cargo ships now parked at the International Space Station, blasting off for Mars aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket as early as 2018."
The new gear named as the Falcon Heavy, will incorporate 27 first-stage engines in comparison to the nine aboard SpaceX's existing Falcon rocket. The present Falcon rocket is set to fly before the year would end. Moreover, the Falcon Heavy is forecasted to become the most powerful U.S. rocket to fly and will replace the record of NASA's Saturn 5 made during the 1970s.
It stands to reason that there is no competition on who will take on the trophy. Given the fact that NASA was one of the early supporter and primary customer of Musk's Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX and it fully supports the company's aims and visions.
However, SpaceX, which has multibillion-dollar contracts with NASA to fly cargo and crew to the space station, won't be getting financial support from NASA for its debut Mars mission, known as Red Dragon, reports the same post.
It appears that SpaceX would stand on itself and financed its journey to the Red Planet since NASA's also has its own Mars program that the financial burden is placing a toll for both agencies.
More report from NASASpaceFlight, Space X has gained the first National Security Space (NSS) launch services contract for the launch of the GPS III satellite for the United States Air Force (USAF) and that is something that could boost the company's overall financial score.
The race is on for both Space X and NASA. However, it remains unsettled on which program and business deal would gain momentum and ultimately conquer Mars and its uncanny and unfriendly environment.