• Pioneer Astronautics

    A hands-on research and development company dedicated to inventing and proving new technologies to advance humanity’s reach into space and to improve life on Earth.

Since our founding in January 1996, Pioneer’s innovative team has proven successful in demonstrating a series of dramatic innovations that have the potential to open up radical new capabilities for space exploration systems.

Our areas of research have included new methods of rocket propulsion, systems for manufacturing rocket fuel and oxygen on Mars, spacesuit breathing systems, solar sails, magnetic sails, Mars balloon systems, and robotic Mars rocket hoppers. Our customers have included NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, Kennedy Space Center, Jet Propulsion Lab, the NASA Institute of Advance Concepts, the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, and the United States Air Force Phillips Lab.

Located in Lakewood Colorado, Pioneer has extensive capabilities for rapid prototyping and investigation of innovative technical concepts.

The Case for Mars

The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must

Description of the book. 

Since the beginning of human history Mars has been an alluring dream—the stuff of legends, gods, and mystery. The planet most like ours, it has still been thought impossible to reach, let alone explore and inhabit.

Now with the advent of a revolutionary new plan, all this has changed. Leading space exploration authority Robert Zubrin has crafted a daring new blueprint, Mars Direct, presented here with illustrations, photographs, and engaging anecdotes.

The Case for Mars is not a vision for the far future or one that will cost us impossible billions. It explains step-by-step how we can use present-day technology to send humans to Mars within ten years; actually produce fuel and oxygen on the planet’s surface with Martian natural resources; how we can build bases and settlements; and how we can one day “terraform” Mars—a process that can alter the atmosphere of planets and pave the way for sustainable life.

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