Universe Today is suggesting, based on some info Jeff Foust dug up, that Dennis Tito is creating Inspiration Mars and plans to use a modified Dragon SpaceX capsule to do a 501 day trip for two people around Mars and back.
501 days in a capsule is… extreme. Here is the capsule in question:
A year and a half in that?
Or as Karl Schroeder put it on twitter:
“Okay, I’ll say it: going to Mars in 2018: great idea. Spending 500 days in a tiny modified Dragon capsule? Batshit crazy. (Sorry, Elon)”
They need to talk to Bigelow Aerospace about adding an inflatable module to the mission.
I gather we’ll find out sometime next week if this is truly the plan.