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Asteroid Redirect Mission Concept: A Bold Approach for Utilizing Space Resources
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Author and Affiliation:
Mazanek, Daniel D.(NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, United States);
Merrill, Raymond G.(NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, United States);
Brophy, John R.(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech., Pasadena, CA, United States);
Mueller, Robert P.(NASA Kennedy Space Center, Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Abstract: The utilization of natural resources from asteroids is an idea that is older than the Space Age. The technologies are now available to transform this endeavour from an idea into reality. The Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) is a mission concept which includes the goal of robotically returning a small Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) or a multi-ton boulder from a large NEA to cislunar space in the mid 2020's using an advanced Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) vehicle and currently available technologies. The paradigm shift enabled by the ARM concept would allow in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) to be used at the human mission departure location (i.e., cislunar space) versus exclusively at the deep-space mission destination. This approach drastically reduces the barriers associated with utilizing ISRU for human deep-space missions. The successful testing of ISRU techniques and associated equipment could enable large-scale commercial ISRU operations to become a reality and enable a future space-based economy utilizing processed asteroidal materials. This paper provides an overview of the ARM concept and discusses the mission objectives, key technologies, and capabilities associated with the mission, as well as how the ARM and associated operations would benefit humanity's quest for the exploration and settlement of space.
Publication Date: Sep 29, 2014
Document ID:
20150001246
(Acquired Feb 24, 2015)
Subject Category: LUNAR AND PLANETARY SCIENCE AND EXPLORATION; SPACE PROCESSING; SPACECRAFT DESIGN, TESTING AND PERFORMANCE
Report/Patent Number: IAC-14-D3.1.8, NF1676L-18359
Document Type: Conference Paper
Meeting Information: International Astronautical Conference; 65th ; 29 Sep. - 3 Oct. 2014; Toronto; Canada
Meeting Sponsor: International Astronautical Federation; Paris, France
Contract/Grant/Task Num: WBS 220933.01.04
Financial Sponsor: NASA Langley Research Center; Hampton, VA, United States
Description: 10p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution as joint owner in the copyright
NASA Terms: ASTEROID MISSIONS; ROBOTICS; SOLAR ELECTRIC PROPULSION; TARGET ACQUISITION; EXTRATERRESTRIAL RESOURCES; ASTEROIDS; NEAR EARTH OBJECTS; CISLUNAR SPACE; MANNED SPACE FLIGHT; MISSION PLANNING; IN SITU RESOURCE UTILIZATION; NASA SPACE PROGRAMS; WIDE-FIELD INFRARED SURVEY EXPLORER; FEASIBILITY ANALYSIS; SPACECRAFT MODULES; SPACE PROCESSING; SPACECRAFT COMMUNICATION; EXTRACTION; SPACE COMMERCIALIZATION; MANNED MARS MISSIONS; EARTH-MARS TRAJECTORIES; ASTEROID BELTS
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