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The Mars In-Situ-Propellant-Production Precursor (MIP) Flight DemonstrationStrategic planning for human missions of exploration to Mars has conclusively identified insitu propellant production (ISPP) as an enabling technology. A team of scientists and engineers from NASA's Johnson Space Center, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Glenn Research Center is preparing the MARS ISPP PRECURSOR (MIP) Flight Demonstration. The objectives of MIP are to characterize the performance of processes and hardware that are important to ISPP concepts and to demonstrate how these processes and hardware interact with the Mars environment. Operating this hardware in the actual Mars environment is extremely important due to (1) uncertainties in our knowledge of the Mars environment, and (2) conditions that cannot be adequately simulated on Earth. The MIP Flight Demonstration is a payload onboard the MARS SURVEYOR Lander and will be launched in April 2001. MIP will be the first hardware to utilize the indigenous resources of a planet or moon. Its successful operation will pave the way for future robotic and human missions to rely on propellants produced using Martian resources as feedstock.
Document ID
20000012715
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Kaplan, D. I.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX United States)
Ratliff, J. E.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX United States)
Baird, R. S.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX United States)
Sanders, G. B.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX United States)
Johnson, K. R.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA United States)
Karlmann, P. B.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA United States)
Baraona, C. R.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Landis, G. A.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Jenkins, P. P.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Scheiman, D. A.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Date Acquired
August 19, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1999
Publication Information
Publication: Workshop on Mars 2001: Integrated Science in Preparation for Sample Return and Human Exploration
Subject Category
Propellants And Fuels
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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