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The Effect of Mars Surface and Phobos Propellant Production on Earth Launch MassFuel and oxidizer produced on the surface of Mars and on the Martian Moon Phobos can reduce the cumulative mass of fuel and oxidizer which must be launched to low Earth orbit for Mars exploration missions.

A scenario in which ten conjunction class trajectory missions over a twenty year period land a surface base and propellant production facilities on the Martian surface and on Phobos was examined. Production of oxygen on Phobos provides the greatest benefit. If all the propellant for Mars operations and Earth return is produced at Phobos and on Mars, a 30% reduction in cumulative low Earth orbit mass can be achieved at the end of the 20 year period.
Document ID
19870008302
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Gus R Babb
(Eagle Engineering (United States) Indian Trail, North Carolina, United States)
William R Stump
(Eagle Engineering (United States) Indian Trail, North Carolina, 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)
Report/Patent Number
NASA-TM-89320-VOL-1
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
Accession Number
87N17735
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.
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