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Mars Ascent Vehicle Design for Human ExplorationIn NASA's evolvable Mars campaign, transportation architectures for human missions to Mars rely on a combination of solar electric propulsion and chemical propulsion systems. Minimizing the Mars ascent vehicle (MAV) mass is critical in reducing the overall lander mass and also eases the requirements placed on the transportation stages. This paper presents the results of a conceptual design study to obtain a minimal MAV configuration, including subsystem designs and mass summaries.
Document ID
20160006401
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Polsgrove, Tara (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Thomas, Dan (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Sutherlin, Steven (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Stephens, Walter (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Rucker, Michelle (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
May 18, 2016
Publication Date
August 31, 2015
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing and Performance
Report/Patent Number
M16-5281
Meeting Information
AIAA SPACE 2015(Pasadena, CA)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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