Chemical and solar-electric-propulsion systems analyses for mars sample return missions

Benjamin B. Donahue, Shaun E. Green, Victoria Coverstone, Byoungsam Woo

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Abstract

Conceptual in-space transfer stages, including those using solar electric propulsion and chemical propulsion with aerobraking or aerocapture assist at Mars, were evaluated. Roundtrip Mars sample return mission vehicles were analyzed to determine how technology selections influence payload delivery capability. Results show how specific engine, thruster, propellant, capture mode, trip time, and launch-vehicle technology choices would contribute to increasing payload delivered to Mars or decreasing the size of the required launch vehicles. Low-thrust trajectory analyses for solar-electric transfer were generated with the SEPTOP code.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)170-177
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Spacecraft and Rockets
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Mars sample return missions
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launch vehicles
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mars
payload delivery (STS)
Mars
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Aerobraking
aerobraking
chemical propulsion
low thrust
propellants
Propellants
propulsion
payloads
Propulsion
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  • Space and Planetary Science

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Chemical and solar-electric-propulsion systems analyses for mars sample return missions. / Donahue, Benjamin B.; Green, Shaun E.; Coverstone, Victoria; Woo, Byoungsam.

In: Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 43, No. 1, 01.01.2006, p. 170-177.

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Donahue, Benjamin B. ; Green, Shaun E. ; Coverstone, Victoria ; Woo, Byoungsam. / Chemical and solar-electric-propulsion systems analyses for mars sample return missions. In: Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. 2006 ; Vol. 43, No. 1. pp. 170-177.
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