ELF 2018: Going to Mars ‘will drive lots of technological advances’

Bas Lansdorp, CEO and Co-Founder of Mars One hopes to establish a permanent habitable settlement on Mars

By Priyanka Shrestha

The preparation towards going to Mars will help drive a lot of technological advances.

That’s the view of Bas Lansdorp, CEO and Co-Founder of Mars One, which aims to establish a permanent habitable settlement on Mars, with the first demonstration mission expected in 2022.

Speaking at the Energy Live Future (#ELF2018) event in London today, he said the project will be “one of the biggest things the world will do” in the 21st century.

Mr Lansdorp believes there is a real business case for making lightweight solar panels for use in Mars as well as growing food using less energy and water.

He added existing technologies can be used with applied engineering for the one-way trip to the red planet.

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