I was talking to someone (in the know) about the Mars mission proposed by Elon Musk. And this babyboomer said it was too dangerous; the chances of the rocket not making it to Mars with the 50 – 100 passengers is very very high. Is he right? Musk certainly gets bonus points for this viral campaign; Did sales of Tesla go up after the Mars proposal went live? I suspect so. There is no down side to dreaming big, as Trump has proven, dreaming big gets you free PR…..even if your dream is nightmarish.
No big deal….
These folks are doing something interesting in this space, pun not intended. Fun question, are open systems appropriate for space exploration?