SpaceX’s billionaire founder Elon Musk was beaten to the punch on Friday by US Defence contractor Lockheed Martin, which revealed new details of its ‘Mars Base Camp’ concept at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, including how it aligns with NASA’s lunar Deep Space Gateway and a Mars surface lander.
Mars Base Camp is Lockheed Martin’s vision of how to send humans to Mars in about a decade. It competes with Musk’s vision, on which he is planned to give an update via a presentation in Adelaide on Friday afternoon.
Musk was also due to conduct a press conference following his presentation but, in a curious move, it was seemingly cancelled 50 minutes into Lockheed’s one-hour long presentation early in the day. Organisers for the congress announced to media via email that Musk’s post-presentation press conference “will most probably not take place”.
“We are very sorry for this last-minute change,” an International Aeronautical Federation media person, going only by the name “Emma”, told media.