What is the deal with Soyuz? It has launched rocket after rocket, with many failures and disasters, including the one on October 11, 2018. Seriously, this is too much. Is this Russian aircraft program purposely failing? Is it underresourced?
We are seriously thinking that Putin is not letting Russia succeed, a.k.a. he will not let Russia colonize Mars. Oh, well. There are many other programs that are trying to colonize Mars.
Elon Musk Versus Putin
Elon Musk versus Putin… whose program will be the first to go to Mars? While Elon Musk has his SpaceX program, Russia has its Soyuz.
SpaceX and Soyuz are serious competitors for space travel. NASA is working with both SpaceX and Soyuz programs to try to send astronauts to the ISS. While the U.S. space agency is trying to work with Musk on creating seats to carry astronauts to the ISS, NASA also hedged against the possibility that the plan with SpaceX might not be ready on time, by additionally paying $490 million for six Soyuz seats, back in 2015.
Jeff Bezos Versus Putin
Or, maybe Jeff Bezos’s program will be the first one to Mars. For regular space tourism, Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin tickets might cost $100,000 to $200,000 per each passenger. That is some serious money, but it might help provide additional funds for the ambitious program.
Meanwhile, Putin has said that he plans for Russia to send an unmanned mission to Mars in 2019. But are the resources there for this to happen, from a realistic perspective? As we all know from Soyuz missions, one small problematic bolt can result in turbulence and missed landings.
Above all, what it comes down to is willingness. Whoever has more funding and more resources may likely win the race. Also, whoever is more resourceful might gain an edge. The problem is, cutting corners on your budget when planning to send rockets to space can blow your mission (literally)! It all depends on how much Putin is willing to colonize Mars.