Direct Transit - Mars Society Convention

24th Annual International Mars Society Convention - 4 Days


Mars Transit Direct utilizes an Interplanetary Transit Vehicle, ITS, aka the Hermes, which shuttles to and from LEO to Mars Orbit. Since it remains in orbit, size and weight can be dramatically increased, compared to that of a payload launched from the ground. It consist of, from fore to aft, an IDA port (modified Bigelow Galaxy), Dynasty (modified ISS Destiny, w/Flight Deck, Galley & Lounge), workout room (modified Bigelow Sundancer), V Truss w/5 State rooms (modified Bigelow BEAM), bathroom (modified Bigelow B330), science lab and storage room (modified Bigelow Genesis I & II). Last at the rear, 2 docking ports for lander (SpaceX Red Dragon) and MAV (modified Zubrin's Mars Direct ERV), with each port and module on opposite axis's. Fuel tanks will be mounted about the longitudinal axis extending aft approximately 800ft. The dry weight is approximately 2 million lbs. 40-50 SpaceX Raptor engines will be utilized for power. With fuel the wet weight is approximately 30 million.

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.

Speaker: Darian Phillips from Los Angeles,California. I'm a transporter at Hertz and just signed with the U.S. Navy. I think Humans to Mars is awesome. I love Flight simulation, Aviation and Aerospace. I joined Mars Society in 2019.