Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and Mars 2020 Rover Section / Re: Possible cost-reduction possibilities for the NASA portions of MSR« Last post by Negan on Today at 10:56 pm »
Theres a laundry list of problems and risks starship adds. Net gain? Zero? Getting the stuff to mars was never the problem. Getting it OFF OF MARS was always the sticking point. It may be hard to believe, but starship doesn't solve all problems.
It's obvious the descent system is inadequate because it can't deliver an ascent system with enough mass or volume to get the job done. Starship could solve that problem by delivering a better ascent system.