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Design Study for a Mars Geyser Hopper
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Author and Affiliation:
Landis, Geoffrey A.(NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, United States);
Oleson, Steven J.(NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, United States);
McGuire, Melissa(NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, United States)
Abstract: The Mars Geyser Hopper is a design reference missions (DRMs) for a Discovery-class spacecraft using Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator (ASRG) power source. The Geyser Hopper is a mission concept that will investigate the springtime carbon-dioxide geysers found in regions around the south pole of Mars. The Geyser Hopper design uses Phoenix heritage systems and approach, but uses a single ASRG as the power source, rather than twin solar arrays, and is designed to last over a one-year stay on the South Pole. The spacecraft will land at a target landing area near the south pole of Mars, and have the ability to "hop" after a summertime landing to reposition itself close to a geyser site, and wait through the winter until the first sunlight of spring to witness first-hand the geyser phenomenon.
Publication Date: Jan 09, 2012
Document ID:
20120004036
(Acquired Apr 12, 2012)
Subject Category: SPACECRAFT DESIGN, TESTING AND PERFORMANCE
Report/Patent Number: E-18141
Document Type: Conference Paper
Meeting Information: 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting; 9-12 Jan. 2012; Nashville, TN; United States
Meeting Sponsor: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Washington, DC, United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: WBS 361426.07.03
Financial Sponsor: NASA Glenn Research Center; Cleveland, OH, United States
Organization Source: NASA Glenn Research Center; Cleveland, OH, United States
Description: 16p; In English; Original contains color and black and white illustrations
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: STIRLING CYCLE; SPACE MISSIONS; MISSION PLANNING; MARS SURFACE; SOLAR ARRAYS; CARBON DIOXIDE; SUNLIGHT; WINTER
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