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A Simple Analytic Model for Estimating Mars Ascent Vehicle Mass and PerformanceThe Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV) is a crucial component in any sample return campaign. In this paper we present a universal model for a two-stage MAV along with the analytic equations and simple parametric relationships necessary to quickly estimate MAV mass and performance. Ascent trajectories can be modeled as two-burn transfers from the surface with appropriate loss estimations for finite burns, steering, and drag. Minimizing lift-off mass is achieved by balancing optimized staging and an optimized path-to-orbit. This model allows designers to quickly find optimized solutions and to see the effects of design choices.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Woolley, Ryan C. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
July 1, 2016
Publication Date
August 5, 2014
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing and Performance
Meeting Information
AIAA Space 2014(San Diego, CA)
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