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Mars Relays Satellite Orbit Design Considerations for Global Support of Robotic Surface MissionsThis paper discusses orbit design considerations for Mars relay satellite (MRS)support of globally distributed robotic surface missions. The orbit results reported in this paper are derived from studies of MRS support for two types of Mars robotic surface missions: 1) the mars Environmental Survey (MESUR) mission, which in its current definition would deploy a global network of up to 16 small landers, and 2)a Small Mars Sample Return (SMSR) mission, which included four globally distributed landers, each with a return stage and one or two rovers, and up to four additional sets of lander/rover elements in an extended mission phase.
Document ID
20060039240
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
External Source(s)
Authors
Hastrup, Rolf
Cesarone, Robert
Cook, Richard
Knocke, Phillip
McOmber, Robert
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
August 16, 1993
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
Robitics Mars
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