Wrecks One, a Dutch company that planned to send humans on a one-way outing to Mars and start the first human colony on the Red Planet, has been offered bankrupt.
The declaration was made in a Swiss court on Jan. 15 — and posted on Reddit this defunct weekend — officially dissolving Mars One Ventures AG. The company has not issued a expression and has not yet responded to CBC’s request for comment.
Mars One began accepting applications in 2013 for a charge to establish a permanent settlement on Mars. It planned to launch a total of 24 people in classes of four every two years starting in 2024. The company claimed it could do so rejecting existing technology.
It estimated launching the first four people would rate $6 billion US, and said it planned to raise the money through televising rights and sponsorships.
More than 200,000 people from 100 homelands applied, including more than 8,000 Canadians.
The company revealed a shortlist of 100 people in 2015, including six Canadians.
However, experts queried the plan and pointed out that it had some potentially deadly flaws, and some critics directly questioned whether it was a scam.
“The fact is the money is not there, the technology is not there,” Elmo Follow, a journalist who has been investigating the company, told CBC Radio’s q this gone and forgotten November.