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Record 18 of 7655
Ferry to the moon
Author and Affiliation:
Aston, Graeme(California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, United States)
Abstract: Solar-electric propulsion for a fleet of lunar ferry vehicles may allow the creation of a permanent lunar base not long after the turn of the century with greater cost effectiveness than a fleet of chemically powered spacecraft. After delivery by the Space Shuttle to a 300-km earth orbit, the lunar ferry envisioned would travel in spiral trajectory to the moon under the power of 300-kW solar arrays and ten 30-kW Xe-ion engines; each of the solar arrays would be 12 x 61 m long. Each trip between the earth parking orbit and the moon would take about 1 year, so that a fleet of four ferries operating simultaneously could deliver 20 metric tons to a lunar base every 100 days.
Publication Date: Jun 01, 1987
Document ID:
19870053568
(Acquired Nov 28, 1995)
Accession Number: 87A40842
Subject Category: LAUNCH VEHICLES AND SPACE VEHICLES
Document Type: Journal Article
Publication Information: Aerospace America (ISSN 0740-722X); 25; 30-32
Publisher Information: United States
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Organization Source: Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech.; Pasadena, CA, United States
Description: 3p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: LUNAR BASES; NASA SPACE PROGRAMS; SOLAR ELECTRIC PROPULSION; SPACE TRANSPORTATION; ION ENGINES; PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS; SOLAR ARRAYS; XENON
Imprint And Other Notes: Aerospace America (ISSN 0740-722X), vol. 25, June 1987, p. 30-32.
Availability Source: Other Sources
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