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21st century early mission concepts for Mars delivery and earth returnIn the 21st century, the early missions to Mars will entail unmanned Rover and Sample Return reconnaissance missions to be followed by manned exploration missions. High performance leverage technologies will be required to reach Mars and return to earth. This paper describes the mission concepts currently identified for these early Mars missions. These concepts include requirements and capabilities for Mars and earth aerocapture, Mars surface operations and ascent, and Mars and earth rendezvous. Although the focus is on the unmanned missions, synergism with the manned missions is also discussed.
Document ID
19900065927
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Cruz, Manuel I.
(TRW, Inc. Redondo Beach, CA, United States)
Ilgen, Marc R.
(TRW Space and Technology Group Redondo Beach, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 14, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1990
Subject Category
Astronautics (General)
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 90-2889
Meeting Information
AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Conference(Portland, OR)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS9-18141
Distribution Limits
Public
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