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Mars Sample Return: Mars Ascent Vehicle Mission and Technology RequirementsA Mars Sample Return mission is the highest priority science mission for the next decade recommended by the recent Decadal Survey of Planetary Science, the key community input process that guides NASA's science missions. A feasibility study was conducted of a potentially simple and low cost approach to Mars Sample Return mission enabled by the use of new commercial capabilities. Previous studies of MSR have shown that landing an all up sample return mission with a high mass capacity lander is a cost effective approach. The approach proposed is the use of a SpaceX Dragon capsule to land the launch vehicle system that would return samples to Earth. This paper describes the mission and technology requirements impact on the launch vehicle system design, referred to as the Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV).
Document ID
20130013542
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Authors
Bowles, Jeffrey V. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Huynh, Loc C. (Science and Technology Corp. Hampton, VA, United States)
Hawke, Veronica M. (Science and Technology Corp. Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 27, 2013
Publication Date
March 1, 2013
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing and Performance
Report/Patent Number
ARC-E-DAA-TN8267
NASA/TM-2013-216511
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NNA10DF26C
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.

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