“That will change everything," he said.
According to Mars One’s estimates, establishing a settlement of six individuals on the Red Planet by 2027 will cost roughly $6 billion.
To lay the groundwork, the organization plans to launch a communications satellite to remain in Martian orbit, as well as a Mars lander, by 2020. By 2022, a second satellite will be launched, as well as a small rover. In 2024, Mars One hopes to send six cargo ships loaded with all of the equipment necessary for construction of the settlement.
That same year, two astronauts will be launched to Mars to setup the colony. Four additional people will land on the Red Planet by 2027.
That’s the plan, at least, according to Mars One's website.
Experts attending the Mars Society Convention called the proposal “infeasible.” They noted that the cost of creating such a colony would rise dramatically over time. The number of specialists and spare parts required for further development of the colony would also increase constantly.
According to MIT students Sydney Do and Andrew Owens, every new launch would cost about $4 billion.
“[T]he Mars One strategy of one-way missions is inherently unsustainable without a Mars-based manufacturing capacity," Owens said, according to Space.com.
However, Landsorp remains optimistic about the future of the project. He argued that landing human beings on the surface of the moon seemed impossible in 1961, but that mission was completed within just 8 years.
"Mars One's goal is not to send humans to Mars in 2027 with a $6 billion budget and 14 launches," Landsorp said. "Our goal is to send humans to Mars, period."
So far, Mars One has a long way to go. The organization is currently struggling to raise the $15 million required for the project’s first stages. But in the near future, Landsopr hopes to attract imaginative investors by staging a huge media event across the globe.