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Mission and Space Vehicle Sizing Data for a Chemical Propulsion/Aerobraking OptionThis paper presents sizing data for various combinations of Mars missions and chemical-propulsion/aerobraking vehicles. Data is compared for vehicles utilizing opposition (2-year mission) and conjunction (3-year mission) trajectories for 1999 and 2001 opportunities, for various sizes of vehicles. Payload capabilities for manned and unmanned missions vehicles and for propulsive-braking and aerobraking cases are shown. The effect of scaling up a reference vehicle Is compared to the case of utilizing two identical vehicles, for growth In payload capability. The rate of cumulative build up of weight on the surface of Mars is examined for various mission/vehicle combinations, and is compared to the landed-weight requirements for sortie missions, moving-base missions, and fixed-base missions. Also, the required buildup of weight in low Earth orbit (LEO) for various mission/vehicle combinations Is presented and discussed.
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Acquisition Source
Marshall Space Flight Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
John Butler
(Marshall Space Flight Center Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, United States)
Bobby Brothers
(Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, 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
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
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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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