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Design Study for a Mars Geyser HopperThe Mars Geyser Hopper is a design reference missions (DRMs) for a Discovery-class spacecraft using Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator (ASRG) power source. The Geyser Hopper is a mission concept that will investigate the springtime carbon-dioxide geysers found in regions around the south pole of Mars. The Geyser Hopper design uses Phoenix heritage systems and approach, but uses a single ASRG as the power source, rather than twin solar arrays, and is designed to last over a one-year stay on the South Pole. The spacecraft will land at a target landing area near the south pole of Mars, and have the ability to "hop" after a summertime landing to reposition itself close to a geyser site, and wait through the winter until the first sunlight of spring to witness first-hand the geyser phenomenon.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Landis, Geoffrey A.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Oleson, Steven J.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
McGuire, Melissa
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
January 9, 2012
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting(Nashville, TN)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 361426.07.03
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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