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- In support of the Mars Design Reference Architecture (DRA) 5.0, the NASA study team analyzed several shroud options for use on the Ares V launch vehicle.1,2 These shroud options included conventional "large encapsulation" shrouds with outer diameters ranging from 8.4 to 12.9 meters (m) and overall lengths of 22.0 to 54.3 meters, along with a "nosecone-only" shroud option used for Mars transfer vehicle component delivery. Also examined was a "multi-use" aerodynamic encapsulation shroud used for launch, Mars aerocapture, and entry, descent, and landing of the cargo and habitat landers. All conventional shroud options assessed for use on the Mars launch vehicles were the standard biconic design derived from the reference shroud utilized in the Constellation Program s lunar campaign. It is the purpose of this paper to discuss the technical details of each of these shroud options including material properties, structural mass, etc., while also discussing both the volume and mass of the various space transportation and surface system payload elements required to support a "minimum launch" Mars mission strategy, as well as the synergy, potential differences and upgrade paths that may be required between the Lunar and Mars mission shrouds.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 20100017229.
IEEEAC Paper 1169.
2010 IEEE Aerospace Conference; 6-13 Mar. 2010; Big Sky, MT; United States.
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