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Manned Mars Explorer project: Guidelines for a manned mission to the vicinity of Mars using Phobos as a staging outpost; schematic vehicle designs considering chemical and nuclear electric propulsionThe Manned Mars Explorer (MME) project responds to the fundamental problems of sending human beings to Mars in a mission scenario and schematic vehicle designs. The mission scenario targets an opposition class Venus inbound swingby for its trajectory with concentration on Phobos and/or Deimos as a staging base for initial and future Mars vicinity operations. Optional vehicles are presented as a comparison using nuclear electric power/propulsion technology. A Manned Planetary Vehicle and Crew Command Vehicle are used to accomplish the targeted mission. The Manned Planetary Vehicle utilizes the mature technology of chemical propulsion combined with an advanced aerobrake, tether and pressurized environment system. The Crew Command Vehicle is the workhorse of the mission performing many different functions including a manned Mars landing, and Phobos rendezvous.
Document ID
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Nolan, Sean
(Houston Univ. TX, United States)
Neubek, Deb
(Houston Univ. TX, United States)
Baxmann, C. J.
(Houston Univ. TX, United States)
Date Acquired
September 5, 2013
Publication Date
May 16, 1988
Subject Category
Astronautics (General)
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.26:184745
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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