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Hercules Single-Stage Reusable Vehicle (HSRV) Operating Base
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Author and Affiliation:
Moon, Michael J.(Pennsylvania State Univ., NIFS Intern, State College, PA, United States)
McCleskey, Carey M.(NASA Kennedy Space Center, Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Abstract: Conceptual design for the layout of lunar-planetary surface support systems remains an important area needing further master planning. This paper explores a structured approach to organize the layout of a Mars-based site equipped for routinely flying a human-scale reusable taxi system. The proposed Hercules Transportation System requires a surface support capability to sustain its routine, affordable, and dependable operation. The approach organizes a conceptual Hercules operating base through functional station sets. The station set approach will allow follow-on work to trade design approaches and consider technologies for more efficient flow of material, energy, and information at future Mars bases and settlements. The station set requirements at a Mars site point to specific capabilities needed. By drawing from specific Hercules design characteristics, the technology requirements for surface-based systems will come into greater focus. This paper begins a comprehensive process for documenting functional needs, architectural design methods, and analysis techniques necessary for follow-on concept studies.
Publication Date: Nov 17, 2017
Document ID:
20170011670
(Acquired Dec 13, 2017)
Subject Category: SPACE TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY; GROUND SUPPORT SYSTEMS AND FACILITIES (SPACE)
Report/Patent Number: KSC-E-DAA-TN49678
Coverage: Final Report
Document Type: Technical Report
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NNX13AJ45A
Financial Sponsor: NASA Kennedy Space Center; Cocoa Beach, FL, United States
Organization Source: NASA Kennedy Space Center; Cocoa Beach, FL, United States
Description: 25p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Public use permitted
NASA Terms: DESIGN ANALYSIS; MANNED SPACECRAFT; PLANETARY SURFACES; REUSABLE ROCKET ENGINES; SPACE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM; SUPPORT SYSTEMS; TRANSPORT VEHICLES; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; ARCHITECTURE; DESIGN OPTIMIZATION; FUNCTIONAL DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS; LUNAR SURFACE; MARS SURFACE; SYSTEMS ANALYSIS; SYSTEMS ENGINEERING; TECHNOLOGY UTILIZATION
Other Descriptors: MARS; HERCULES; SURFACE SUPPORT ARCHITECTUR
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