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Trajectory options for a potential Mars mission combining orbiting science, relay and a sample return rendezvous demonstration

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dc.contributor.author Guinn, Joseph R.
dc.contributor.author Kerridge, Stuart J.
dc.contributor.author Wilson, Roby S.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-06-12T21:13:21Z
dc.date.available 2013-06-12T21:13:21Z
dc.date.issued 2012-10-29
dc.identifier.citation 23rd International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics (ISSFD), Pasadena, California, October 29 - November 2, 2012. en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 12-5151
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/43258
dc.description.abstract Mars sample return is a major scientific goal of the 2011 US National Research Council Decadal Survey for Planetary Science [1]. Toward achievement of this goal, recent architecture studies have focused on several mission concept options for the 2018/2020 Mars launch opportunities [2]. Mars orbiters play multiple roles in these architectures such as: relay, landing site identification/selection/certification, collection of on-going or new measurements to fill knowledge gaps, and in-orbit collection and transportation of samples from Mars to Earth. This paper reviews orbiter concepts that combine these roles and describes a novel family of relay orbits optimized for surface operations support. Additionally, these roles provide an intersection of objectives for long term NASA science, human exploration, technology development and international collaboration. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2012. en_US
dc.subject Mars en_US
dc.subject relay orbit en_US
dc.subject sample return en_US
dc.subject surface operations en_US
dc.title Trajectory options for a potential Mars mission combining orbiting science, relay and a sample return rendezvous demonstration en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US
dc.subject.NASATaxonomy Lunar and Planetary Expoloration en_US


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