I was tempted to call this thread Soylent and NASA, but it seems that SpaceX is going to beat everyone else by a wide lead to the surface of Mars, albeit with logistical help from NASA.
The engineers at SpaceX are working very diligently on laying the groundwork for the first planned mission of the Mars Colonial Transport (MCT). This mission is at least 10 years off, probably closer to 15 but it’s going to happen. The second derivative bodes well for commercial space travel and betting against Elon Musk has never proven wise in the past.
Every square inch of the inside of this transport vessel must be exploited for maximum utility. I can think of no more perfect nutritional base for astronauts on a long, dangerous mission to an alien planet than Soylent. It’s better than any freeze dried MRE in existence in terms of nutrition, efficiency of use of storage space and of course shelf life, and would allow more room on board for additional essentials and equipment. The long term goal is to set up a permanent colony and I’m sure they will be bringing hydroponic equipment with them to allow for a perpetual harvest of traditional food sources, however the benefits of Soylent can not be overlooked in a mission where every dollar, every square foot of usable space and ever hour of the astronauts time is so immensely important. The adverse health effects of space travel such as bone density loss, diminished aerobic capacity, chronic motion sickness just to name a few are notorious, not to mention the awkwardness of preparing food in a zero G environment. Soylent would at least ensure the astronauts on board are properly nourished in the most efficient and cost effective way possible.
One of you guys should hit up Elon…he spends half his time at Tesla in Silicon Valley not too far from you guys.