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COMPASS Final Report: Advanced Long-Life Lander Investigating the Venus Environment (ALIVE)
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Author and Affiliation:
Oleson, Steven R.(NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, United States);
Paul, Michael(Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA, United States)
Abstract: The COncurrent Multi-disciplinary Preliminary Assessment of Space Systems (COMPASS) Team partnered with the Applied Research Laboratory to perform a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program study to evaluate chemical based power systems for keeping a Venus lander alive(power and cooling) and functional for a period of days. The mission class targeted was either a Discovery ($500M) or New Frontiers ($750M to $780M) class mission. Historic Soviet Venus landers have only lasted on the order of 2 hours in the extreme Venus environment: temperatures of 460 C and pressures of 93 bar. Longer duration missions have been studied using plutonium powered systems to operate and cool landers for up to a year. However, the plutonium load is very large. This NIAC study sought to still provide power and cooling but without the plutonium.
Publication Date: Jul 18, 2016
Document ID:
20160011272
(Acquired Sep 16, 2016)
Subject Category: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; SPACECRAFT PROPULSION AND POWER
Report/Patent Number: CD-2012-72, HQ-E-DAA-TN33596
Coverage: Final Report
Document Type: Oral/Visual Presentation
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NNX11AR36G
Financial Sponsor: NASA Glenn Research Center; Cleveland, OH, United States
Description: 85p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution under U.S. Government purpose rights; Under NASA grant NNX11AR36G
NASA Terms: LITHIUM; METAL IONS; AEROSPACE SYSTEMS; SYSTEMS INTEGRATION; CHEMICAL COMPOSITION; SYSTEMS ANALYSIS; SPACE MISSIONS; NASA PROGRAMS; AMBIENT TEMPERATURE; COOLING; PLUTONIUM
Other Descriptors: COMPASS
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