Why not? All my underwear comes from China these days anyway... ;-)
I think a good name for the first group of people to go would be Donner Party, as their fate may be quite similar. There will be no rescue time if things go south.
I wonder how long that transparent sensor window can remain transparent? There' a lot of dust and debris in the air that passes through engines.
I can't think of a mil aircraft in the last several decades that DIDN'T run over estimates.
Mars is so tricky to deal with, just landing on it with a manned-type craft will be amazing. The air is so thin that's it's very hard to slow down, and the 1/3rd gravity makes it significantly...