Keith's note: In April 2015 the Planetary Society held an invitation-only "Humans Orbiting Mars" workshop wherein they unveiled their idea for a mission to Mars. At a quick press conference after the event (no media were allowed to attend the workshop) the Planetary Society promised more detail would be made public - later. It has been 6 months. Nothing but crickets from the Planetary Society. A paper was published by some of the people behind the plan but no one has ever said if this paper bears any relevance to what the Planetary Society wants to do. They said there would be a document released but it has never materialized. The space advocacy community loves to talk behind closed doors inside their echo chamber. But when it comes to making the details available to the rest of us they continually fail to deliver. But they continue to send out those fundraising pleas in the mail, don't they? Caveat emptor.
Oh yes - the first crewed mission of SLS (which seems to play a role in the plan) has been delayed by 2 years - thus pushing everything back.
- Stealthy Humans Orbiting Mars Workshop Update, earlier post
- Making Space Policy In Secret (Again), earlier post
- Good News Everyone: Another Closed Door Humans to Mars Thing, earlier post
- Quick: Read The Planetary Society Mars Plan While It Is Free, earlier post