Achieving Supportability on Exploration Missions with In-Space Servicing
- Henry, Ross
- August 31, 2015.
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- 1 electronic document
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- McGuire, Jill, Bacon, Charles, DeWeese, Keith, Pellegrino, Joseph F., Aranyos, Thomas, and Reed, Benjamin
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- Unclassified, Unlimited, Publicly available. and Free-to-read Unrestricted online access
- One of the long-term exploration goals of NASA is manned missions to Mars and other deep space robotic exploration. These missions would include sending astronauts along with scientific equipment to the surface of Mars for extended stay and returning the crew, science data and surface sample to Earth. In order to achieve this goal, multiple precursor missions are required that would launch the crew, crew habitats, return vehicles and destination systems into space. Some of these payloads would then rendezvous in space for the trip to Mars, while others would be sent directly to the Martian surface. To support such an ambitious mission architecture, NASA must reduce cost, simplify logistics, reuse and/or repurpose flight hardware, and minimize resources needed for refurbishment. In-space servicing is a means to achieving these goals. By designing a mission architecture that utilizes the concept of in-space servicing (robotic and manned), maximum supportability can be achieved.
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- Document ID: 20150019781., GSFC-E-DAA-TN23477., and Space 2015; 31 Aug. - 2 Sep. 2015; Pasadena, CA; United States.
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