How could he have made it all the way there without a much larger spacecraft like the other teams have?
So Helios has built wealth from lunar mining of Helium-3. Does that make Martian thorium obsolete in their view? Because otherwise, Mars has plenty of thorium which could be of potential use.
You can do human Mars mission with a small spacecraft if:a. You cut everything to the boneb. You only send a small crew, one or two personc. You make it a one way trip (remember Mars One?)Zubrin once proposed a revised Mars Direct plan using a Dragon capsule as hab and 3 Falcon Heavy launches, with two of the launches for Mars Ascend Vehicle (MAV) and Earth Return Vehicle (ERV). If you don't plan on a return trip, one FH may be enough. You also do not need a heavy lift launch vehicle such as FH if you use orbital refueling, which the show tells us NK did use.BTW, one way trip doesn't necessarily mean NK plans to kill their astronaut, it just means they're not planning to bring him back. They could send more supply and more people in the next window, basically building up their own Mars colony one person at a time. Wait, isn't that a good reason for US/Helios to continue their own Mars missions? Hmmm...
In season 4 they will be using unicorn gas harvested from Jupiter's atmosphere.
What puzzles me is that North Korea is on Mars, but China is nowhere to be seen.(I suspect it's easier to cast DPRK as enemies without losing perceived audience potential)They better have Taikonauts somewhere in Season 4 at least, or they'll be ignoring a major space power. I didn't even hear China mentioned among the various landers they hoped to cannibalize -- only North Korea, India, and Turkey.
InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) is a technique for mapping ground deformation using radar images of the Earth's surface that are collected from orbiting satellites. Unlike visible or infrared light, radar waves penetrate most weather clouds and are equally effective in darkness. So with InSAR it is possible to track ground deformation even in bad weather and at night – two big advantages during a volcanic crisis.
Can anything like ground penetrating radar be used from orbit? Or can it only be used at short-range from the surface, as they seemed to be trying to do with mapping lava tubes?
Quote from: sanman on 08/06/2022 05:29 pmWhat puzzles me is that North Korea is on Mars, but China is nowhere to be seen.(I suspect it's easier to cast DPRK as enemies without losing perceived audience potential)They better have Taikonauts somewhere in Season 4 at least, or they'll be ignoring a major space power. I didn't even hear China mentioned among the various landers they hoped to cannibalize -- only North Korea, India, and Turkey.Yeah, that struck me as odd too. But have they addressed China in any of their mini-documentaries that explain what else has happened in the world? Did the Cultural Revolution never end and China remains technologically limited?
Re: the NK astronaut. There is no indication that he landed first. After all, based on time passed (based on Kelly's pregnancy), it seems like NASA/Roscomos/Helios landed about 8-9 months before. So IMO the likely scenario is that NK sent a mission, but lost contact with the crew (1 or 2), so never announced it. Just like the Soviets had a tendency to only announce successful missions.But I hope they make the explanation credible... Him and maybe 1-2 others surviving for almost a year with meager supplies does not seem credible. Otherwise, who will the find on Mars next? It will be a who-s-who of any country with spacefaring capability.
Edit: Oh, and to stay on song supporting “the latest thing”, they had a Helios board member slip in the bit about Dev “becoming wacky in recent years because he started buying into his own myth…”. And having the female COO replace him…Now who could they possibly be having a dig at there, I wonder…Laughable.
But have they addressed China in any of their mini-documentaries that explain what else has happened in the world?
The season 3 opener had a headline from June 1987 about China establishing a moon base and achieving "lunar parity" with the US and USSR by 1990 (?).