In 1961, shortly after John F. Kennedy announced that the U.S would land a man on the moon by the end of the decade, Vernon made an announcement of his own "If the government plans to get to the moon by the end of the decade, then we can do it in half the time, and go twice as far. We plan to launch for Mars by 1965.”
LUXURY SPACE TRAVEL FOR ALL
In true Vernon fashion, the Icarus experience was meant to be one of comfort and luxury. No expense was spared on the design of the ARGO-01, a truly amazing and lavish design which was ahead of its time. All 500 seats aboard the spacecraft were First Class.
Although the company was nowhere near ready to send anyone into space, Icarus and Vernon, claimed the incentive to buy these tickets was, of course, a once in a lifetime experience, but also to push the technology forward, to secure a seat before they sold out and those early adopters would be rewarded with cheaper prices. Incredibly Icarus had plans to launch passengers to every planet in the solar system within a decade. Whether the entire program was a complete hoax or Vernon actually believed he could launch passengers to Mars in such a short time span is a topic for debate. Icarus ticket sales to Mars were underwhelming and unsurprisingly Icarus went bankrupt shortly thereafter. A contributing factor to the demise of the extravagant company was a devastating explosion during a test flight that killed the entire crew. The lavish ARGO-01 shuttle was lost and so was America's confidence.
Conspiracy theories abound and claim that a secretive government program code-named "Chronos" was behind the Icarus collapse. Conspiracists claim that time-traveling Chronos agents created an alternate timeline from our own, effectively erasing Icarus from history, preserving NASA as the preeminent space program of the day. None of this has ever been substantiated.SHOP ICARUS COLLECTION