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Solar System Exploration Augmented by In-Situ Resource Utilization: Human Planetary Base Issues for Mercury and SaturnHuman and robotic missions to Mercury and Saturn are presented and analyzed with a range of propulsion options. Historical studies of space exploration, planetary spacecraft, and astronomy, in-situ resource utilization (ISRU), and industrialization all point to the vastness of natural resources in the solar system. Advanced propulsion benefitted from these resources in many ways. While advanced propulsion systems were proposed in these historical studies, further investigation of nuclear options using high power nuclear thermal and nuclear pulse propulsion as well as advanced chemical propulsion can significantly enhance these scenarios. Updated analyses based on these historical visions are presented. Nuclear thermal propulsion and ISRU enhanced chemical propulsion landers are assessed for Mercury missions. At Saturn, nuclear pulse propulsion with alternate propellant feed systems and Saturn moon exploration with chemical propulsion and nuclear electric propulsion options are discussed. Issues with using in-situ resource utilization on Mercury missions are discussed. At Saturn, the best locations for exploration and the use of the moons Titan and Enceladus as central locations for Saturn moon exploration is assessed.
Document ID
20170001561
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Palaszewski, Bryan A. (NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Date Acquired
February 13, 2017
Publication Date
January 13, 2017
Subject Category
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Report/Patent Number
GRC-E-DAA-TN38058
Meeting Information
AIAA SciTech Forum 2017(Grapevine ,TX)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 432938.11.01.03.06.01.08
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Keywords
Lunar
Saturn
Mercury

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