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Design Concept for a Minimal Volume Spacecraft Cabin to Serve as a Mars Ascent Vehicle Cabin and Other Alternative Pressurized Vehicle CabinsThe Evolvable Mars Campaign is developing concepts for human missions to the surface of Mars. These missions are round-trip expeditions, thereby requiring crew launch via a Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV). A study to identify the smallest possible pressurized cabin for this mission has developed a conceptual vehicle referred to as the minimal MAV cabin. The origin of this concept will be discussed as well as its initial concept definition. This will lead to a description of possible configurations to integrate the minimal MAV cabin with ascent vehicle engines and propellant tanks. Limitations of this concept will be discussed, in particular those that argue against the use of the minimal MAV cabin to perform the MAV mission. However, several potential alternative uses for the cabin are identified. Finally, recommended forward work will be discussed, including current work in progress to develop a full scale mockup and conduct usability evaluations.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Howard, Robert L., Jr. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
July 15, 2016
Publication Date
August 24, 2016
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing and Performance
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Biennial Aerospace Systems Conference of the National Society of Black Engineers 2016(Alexandria, VA)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 102434.01.16.06
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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