The vehicle will then descend using an aeroshell technology developed by NASA for the Mars Phoenix lander and other vehicles, using the same speed and angle of entry as NASA missions. The Impulse Space lander would then land using four quadcopter like engines. As part of the Impulse mission, it plans to deliver tens of kilograms of scientific payload to the surface of Mars. At the moment, only NASA and the China National Space Administration have sent missions to Mars that have successfully landed and been able to conduct scientific research. If it wasn't difficult, I wouldn't do it, Mueller said. I always feel that if people aren't a little skeptical of what we're doing, then we're doing it wrong.
Relativity CEO and co founder Tim Ellis says the same thing. According to him, sending a payload to Mars during the first launch of the Terran R rocket will be a kind of statement. Ellis founded Relativity Space in part because he was inspired by SpaceX and Elon Musk's plans to turn humanity into an interplanetary Switzerland WhatsApp Number List species. According to him, this commercial mission will be a step forward. “We are big fans of SpaceX and Starship. But more than one company should work on this. I want to be the second company to step forward and say this is important. I hope there will be many more of us,” Ellis said.
Commercial Mars? Relativity has signed an exclusive contract with Impulse to work on this and possibly other Mars missions through. While the companies will self fund the first mission, both Mueller and Ellis believe that NASA and private companies will be interested in the low cost commercial opportunity to deliver scientific payloads to the surface of Mars. Previously, through initiatives such as the Commercial Lunar Payload Maintenance Program which enlists private companies to deliver scientific payloads to the Moon , NASA has expressed its willingness to partner with the private sector to conduct scientific missions to other planets.