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Manned Mars Mission Vehicle Design Requirements for AerocaptureThe goal of this study was to define vehicle design requirements of a reusable system for manned Mars missions which employ aerocapturlng techniques to obtain desired orbital velocities. Requirements for vehicle L/D and ballistic coefficient are determined for expected aerocapture velocities. This paper presents conclusions concerning g-loads environment and TPS requirements for a vehicle that aerocaptures at Mars and Earth. Although the goal of a reusable system (based on current state-of-art technologies) was not obtained, the viability of aerocapture at Mars and Earth was established.
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Acquisition Source
Johnson Space Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Oliver Hill
(Johnson Space Center Houston, Texas, United States)
Rodney O Wallace
(Johnson Space Center Houston, Texas, United States)
Date Acquired
September 5, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1986
Publication Information
Publication: Manned Mars Missions Working Group Papers: Volume 1, Section 1-4
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Subject Category
Astronautics (General)
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Meeting Information
Meeting: Manned Mars Missions Workshop
Location: Huntsville, AL
Country: US
Start Date: June 10, 1985
End Date: June 14, 1985
Sponsors: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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