Inspiration Takes A Ride To Mars Via Venus
CALIFORNIA, USA >> Inspiration Mars Foundation is an American nonprofit organisation founded by Dennis Tito that proposed to launch a manned mission to flyby Mars in January 2018, or 2021 if they missed the first deadline.
On 27 February 2013, the Inspiration Mars Foundation held a press conference in the National Press Club to announce their plan to procure space hardware, launch vehicle services, and select a two-person married couple as crew. They are currently raising the funding necessary to launch a mission to Mars. Dennis Tito said he was going to fund the foundation with EU€100 million for the first years of operation.
At the 2013 conference, however, Dennis Tito indicated in establishing a partnership with NASA and the use of NASA spacecraft.
The total cost of the mission is projected to be between EU€1 and EU€2 billion. Tito plans to fund the foundation's cost for the first two years.
In testimony before the United States congress in November 2013, Tito stated that he expected private donors to provide around €300 million. NASA responded that they were already willing to share technical and programmatic expertise with Inspiration Mars.
In March 2014, SpaceX indicated that they had also been contacted by Inspiration Mars, and were investigating the additional requirements of accommodating the space flight, that was currently beyond the scope of SpaceX.