On February 6th SpaceX successfully launched their Falcon Heavy rocket. It’s the most powerful rocket in the world right now and an important piece in the evolution of rockets leading to the BFR rocket that Space X will eventually use for its Mars missions.
At the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, Elon Musk presented for the first time his plans how mankind will be able to travel regularly to Mars. The first mission (witout people and solely to gather data) will fly in 2018 on a Red Dragon powered by a Falcon Heavy. Ultimately the goal is to launch the “Interplanetary Transport System” that can be relaunched in a matter of hours and carry a hundred people on each trip. By using this reusable system and being able to carry many people the ticket price could be reduced down to $200,000 per person.