The Lockheed Martin lander will be based on the 2007 NASA Phoenix mission spacecraft.
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According to a December 10 news release from Mars One, a non-profit foundation that hopes to establish a permanent human settlement on the Red Planet, the organization has secured primary suppliers for its primary mission.¬† Set for a 2018 launch, the mission will include a robotic lander and communications satellite.
Mars One has awarded Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology, Limited (SSTL) a contract to develop mission concept studies for the Mars lander and communications satellite, respectively. ¬†The first mission to Mars will be a demonstration to provide a proof of concept for a fraction of the technologies that are vital for a permanent human settlement on Mars.