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If SpaceX's Red Dragon will ever bring astronauts to the red planet, would it need to connect to a deep space habitat? I'm asking because the red dragon seems to be too small for a seven or eight month trip to Mars.

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  • $\begingroup$ I think this is a reasonable question, not sure why it was down voted. Not everyone follows individual companies' future plans carefully. I think I've read somewhere that the first Red Dragon to land on Mars would have windows - and so I imagined it would have seats for PR reasons - live videos shot from the interior, looking out — something to stir the imaginations of people like this guy youtu.be/QmSJlgI04PA $\endgroup$ – uhoh Apr 11 '17 at 23:42
  • $\begingroup$ @uhoh some visual information for M, Tyler - youtube.com/watch?v=0qo78R_yYFA - a Link to SpaceX's method of getting to Mars. The ship depicted is not a Red Dragon. I don't down vote ... I see the question as being interestingly enough, the very criticism of the Orion Capsule approach originally leading up to the more updated approach of adding a Habitat. So if nothing else hopefully the Linked Video shows two very different approaches. SpaceX will carry "100 and perhaps as many as 200 people" at a time. space.com/34210-elon-musk-unveils-spacex-mars-colony-ship.html $\endgroup$ – Enigma Maitreya Apr 12 '17 at 0:35
  • $\begingroup$ With the intent to stay but as Elon says, the Ship is coming back so anyone that wants to return may do so $\endgroup$ – Enigma Maitreya Apr 12 '17 at 0:37
  • $\begingroup$ I downvoted due to the lack of prior research that was shown; some basic Googling would've shown that Red Dragon's uncrewed. $\endgroup$ – DylanSp Apr 12 '17 at 12:14
  • $\begingroup$ @DylanSp for a very new user it can be helpful to take a moment and leave a short explanation, or even a suggestion how to improve the question. I remember when I was just starting out in stackexchange and stackoverflow the unexplained, silent down votes were horribly demoralizing. Just a thought. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Apr 12 '17 at 20:27
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They won't. Red Dragon is an unmanned concept demonstrator and experiment transport. SpaceX wants to use it to test Mars EDL (entry-descent-landing) technology and algorithms they develop for their next generation ship (currently known as ITS or BFR) which they want to use for astronauts.

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    $\begingroup$ Some info about possible payloads for example here $\endgroup$ – jkavalik Apr 11 '17 at 16:55

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