This is perhaps one of the most ambitious, and unique crowdfunding goals we have seen. This particular crowdfunding goal is designed to establish a human settlement on Mars sometime after 2018….
Here are some of the details from the ambitious Kickstarter campaign at Indiegogo
Mars, Here We Come!
The Mars One foundation will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. This Indiegogo campaign will help us jumpstart the first major step in our project – a private Mars Lander and Satellite mission in 2018. Your participation will help fund the 2018 mission and above all, show our partners & sponsors that the world is ready for this to happen. Mars One gives you the opportunity to participate in this historic project. This can be your mission to Mars!
A Groundbreaking Plan
In this Indiegogo campaign, we give you the opportunity to contribute to the first ever private mission to Mars. It will be the the first step in establishing a human outpost on the Red Planet. This campaign will pay for the mission concept studies for our first unmanned mission in 2018, which will demonstrate hardware for the human mission in 2025.
In May 2018, a private lander and communications satellite will be launched from Earth to Mars. The main goal of this demonstration mission is to provide a proof of concept for several essential technologies for a human mission.
The Mars lander will be built by aerospace industry leader Lockheed Martin. The lander design is based on the successful Mars lander used in the 2007 NASA Phoenix mission. Lockheed Martin has a distinct legacy of participating in nearly every NASA mission to Mars. For the Phoenix mission, the company designed, built, tested and operated the lander for NASA.
A communications satellite, built by Surrey Satellite Technology LTD (SSTL), will provide a high bandwidth communications system in a Mars synchronous orbit and will be used to relay data and a live video feed from the lander on the surface of Mars back to Earth.
This 2018 mission will be the first in preparation for human landing. The first Mars One crew is scheduled to land in 2025, with additional crew landing every two years. Before that, Mars One will have established a habitable, sustainable outpost via multiple missions scheduled between 2018 and 2022.
This will be the first private mission to another planet and it will change the way we look upon space exploration. WE CAN AND SHOULD DO IT TOGETHER!