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GustavLoog
2013-Jun-10, 02:06 PM
Hello,

I am new to the forums. I came across this and thought you guys may be interested. I hope it is fine to post. It is a proposed mission to Mars.

http://willthisfly.net/projects/13/

Thank you

GL

The Frozen One
2013-Jun-11, 01:14 PM
Hello,

I am new to the forums. I came across this and thought you guys may be interested. I hope it is fine to post. It is a proposed mission to Mars.

http://willthisfly.net/projects/13/

Thank you

GL

It sounds intriguing. The difficult thing would be getting the resources to make this happen. We're talking about spending millions of dollars in simply avionics and navigation equipment alone. Then you have to talk about structural integrity, fuel, ALSE (Airframe Life Support Equipment) power-plant & propulsion and fail-safes that would need to be in place to make this thing safe enough to fly. Can't short cut there and it is very, very research and design intensive.

The funding has to be in place already to get this to work. If it is there when it starts... great idea! Otherwise, you have to cut corners and when you're in aviation or aerospace, that is the last thing anyone wants to do. I would be interested though.

lucascole
2013-Sep-27, 07:00 AM
It is one of the most unusual idea which is requires a strong will power and dedication and it is good that it will be used without the government funding but at the same time hard to raise the funds also.

Sarah
2014-Feb-07, 02:48 PM
It's great to see someone taking non-funded space travel seriously, but i don't know how they're going to raise that type of money independently.. even with fundraising. Plus, in terms of fundraising for it, id far rather see people's taxes being used to fund a mission like this instead of people's "spare" cash, since this "spare" cash would be better off going to charity here on Earth imo! :) vaporizers at bestxforsale.weebly.com/vaporizers.html (http://vaporizersreviewed.weebly.com)bongs for sale (http://www.bongforsale.org)Marijuana Seeds For Sale Reviews - Best Cannabis Seeds For Sale - bestxforsale.weebly.com (http://bestxforsale.weebly.com)
Sarah

NEOWatcher
2014-Feb-07, 05:56 PM
I don't think that this thing is serious. It's just another internet person claiming they have a better idea with no plans, ideas, or clues as to why it could be so hard. Or, it's just a way to get attention or praise.

I'd like to know where they get all these positive votes from. 180 from naive people and lobbying freinds and relatives wouldn't be too hard to achieve especially on a site that you have to create an account on. Already, you've limited voting to those people that go for this kind of thing.

In fact the whole website that this is on doesn't impress me. No background, no description of the whos, whys or goals of the site, etc. Things you would expect in an "about us" page. Just a few random ideas posted over the course of over 6 months with very little participation.

Bill Thompson
2014-Mar-31, 06:32 PM
Why Darwin?

Weltraum
2017-Nov-18, 05:02 AM
Why Darwin?

I would say it's the award they're hoping to win. :D

Eclogite
2017-Nov-18, 09:31 PM
The website and, presumably, the idea are dead. The thread was almost there too.

lpetrich
2018-Mar-11, 02:42 AM
The best chance for a crowdfunded space mission is IMO a cubesat mission: CubeSat (http://www.cubesat.org/), CubeSat - Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CubeSat). A sizable number of them have already been launched and some of them have had crowdfunding campaigns at Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/).

Weltraum
2018-Mar-15, 10:02 PM
The best chance for a crowdfunded space mission is IMO a cubesat mission: CubeSat (http://www.cubesat.org/), CubeSat - Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CubeSat). A sizable number of them have already been launched and some of them have had crowdfunding campaigns at Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/).

Only downside I see here is there getting to be too many of those things in orbit, making LEO even more hazardous than it is already.