A pit-stop space-station for astronauts to use while traveling the journey over to the red planet.
Serving as a half-way-home between Earth and Mars, Boeing makes progress on a spaceship that will be able to fulfil this purpose.
The spaceship will be situated towards the dark side of the moon, allowing spaceships a place to dock and refuel while travelling to Mars.
Before spaceships begin the agonising trip to Mars, the spaceship will offer a celestial resting point for future space travellers to relax, get something to eat, and prepare themselves for the long journey ahead.
Using NASA's powerful Space Launch System (SLS), Boeing has said that they plan to launch the “space-habitat” in 4 separate segments.
Director of global sales, and marketing for Boeings Space exploration division – Pet McGrath confirms: “The ability to simultaneously launch humans and cargo on SLS would allow us to assemble the gateway in four launches in the early 2020s.”
Using solar panels for power, the Deep Space Gateway would: "support critical research and help open opportunities for global government or commercial partnerships in deep space, including lunar missions."
Boeing has also unveiled future plans to create a Deep Space Transport vehicle, that will be used to transport people to Mar’s.
"The transport vehicle would be equipped with a habitat specifically designed to protect passengers from deep space’s harsh environment and its own robust SEP bus," said Boeing's Kelly Kaplan in a press statement.
"In fact, both of Boeing’s concepts leverage proven solar electric propulsion technology and hardware design from the 702 satellite family," she said.