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Advanced-to-Revolutionary Space Technology Options - The Responsibly Imaginable
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Author and Affiliation:
Bushnell, Dennis M.(NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, United States)
Abstract: Paper summarizes a spectrum of low TRL, high risk technologies and systems approaches which could massively change the cost and safety of space exploration/exploitation/industrialization. These technologies and approaches could be studied in a triage fashion, the method of evaluation wherein several prospective solutions are investigated in parallel to address the innate risk of each, with resources concentrated on the more successful as more is learned. Technology areas addressed include Fabrication, Materials, Energetics, Communications, Propulsion, Radiation Protection, ISRU and LEO access. Overall and conceptually it should be possible with serious research to enable human space exploration beyond LEO both safe and affordable with a design process having sizable positive margins. Revolutionary goals require, generally, revolutionary technologies. By far, Revolutionary Energetics is the most important, has the most leverage, of any advanced technology for space exploration applications.
Publication Date: Apr 01, 2013
Document ID:
20130011698
(Acquired Apr 10, 2013)
Subject Category: LUNAR AND PLANETARY SCIENCE AND EXPLORATION
Report/Patent Number: NASA/TM-2013-217981, L-20240, NF1676L-16305
Document Type: Technical Report
Contract/Grant/Task Num: WBS 432938.09.01.07.01
Financial Sponsor: NASA Langley Research Center; Hampton, VA, United States
Organization Source: NASA Langley Research Center; Hampton, VA, United States
Description: 31p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: MANNED MARS MISSIONS; COST EFFECTIVENESS; MANNED SPACE FLIGHT; SPACE EXPLORATION; LOW EARTH ORBITS; TECHNOLOGY UTILIZATION; AEROSPACE SAFETY; AEROSPACE ENVIRONMENTS
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