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Mars Sample Return - Launch and Detection Strategies for Orbital RendezvousThis study sets forth conceptual mission design strategies for the ascent and rendezvous phase of the proposed NASA/ESA joint Mars Sample Return Campaign. The current notional mission architecture calls for the launch of an acquisition/cache rover in 2018, an orbiter with an Earth return vehicle in 2022, and a fetch rover and ascent vehicle in 2024. Strategies are presented to launch the sample into a coplanar orbit with the Orbiter which facilitate robust optical detection, orbit determination, and rendezvous. Repeating ground track orbits exist at 457 and 572 km which provide multiple launch opportunities with similar geometries for detection and rendezvous.
Document ID
20150005802
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
Woolley, Ryan C. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Mattingly, Richard L. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Riedel, Joseph E. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Sturm, Erick J. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
April 17, 2015
Publication Date
July 31, 2011
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing and Performance
Astrodynamics
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Meeting Information
AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference(Girdwood, AK)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
Orbiter's trans-Earth injection (TEI):
lander's entry, descent, and landing (EDL)
Mars Sample Return (MSR)

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