Mars Crewed Airplane - Mars Society Convention

24th Annual International Mars Society Convention - 4 Days


If national governments and certain billionaires have their way, humans will reach Mars sometime in this century and set up permanent bases. Eventually they’ll need a way to get around. This paper describes the conceptual design and analysis of a manned Mars airplane configured for exploration, research, cargo transport, photography, and the linking of multiple settlements. Design development is being done by an international team of volunteers based on the configuration concept developed by lead author Dr. Daniel P. Raymer and incorporating rocket propulsion concepts suggested by James French. A two-man vehicle was developed based on overall requirements similar to the capabilities of the classic “Jeep” of WWII fame, namely a crew of two plus cargo to a total of 500 lbs, carried at least 260 nmi. It is assumed that the flight control system will be capable of fully autonomous operation when desired and that when carrying humans, they need not be trained pilots. VTOL operation is assumed due to the deplorable lack of paved runways on Mars. (This presentation will be an update of Dr. Raymer's AIAA SciTech 2021 paper)

The 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention is Thursday-Sunday, October 14-17, 2021. This convention presents a unique opportunity for those interested in the planet Mars to come together and discuss the science, technology, social implications, philosophy and a multitude of other aspects of Mars exploration.

You can register on the main website After you register, you can access the convention's main application Attendify at using code "TakingFlight".

More info and session listings are in the hub world, code PDK958

This meeting is interactive. Most of the time the speakers and members are appearing on a Zoom screen. You will be able to grab the mike so you can talk to the people in Zoom.

The Mars Society is the world’s largest and most influential space advocacy organization dedicated to the human exploration and settlement of the planet Mars. Established by Dr. Robert Zubrin and others in 1998, the group works to educate the public, the media and the government on the benefits of exploring Mars and creating a permanent human presence on the Red Planet.