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The F1 Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG) : a power subsystem enabler for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mission

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dc.contributor.author Jones, Loren
dc.contributor.author Moreno, Victor
dc.contributor.author Zimmerman, Robert
dc.date.accessioned 2013-06-13T15:07:23Z
dc.date.available 2013-06-13T15:07:23Z
dc.date.issued 2013-02-25
dc.identifier.citation Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space 2013 (NETS 2013), Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 25-28, 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 12-5442
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/43261
dc.description.abstract The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft carrying the Curiosity rover launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) on November 26, 2011. Following an 8.5-month cruise and after a successful Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL) phase, the Curiosity rover arrived at the surface of Mars on August 6, 2012 UTC. At the core of the Curiosity rover power subsystem is the F1 Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG) supplied by the Department of Energy. Integration of the F1 MMRTG into the MSL spacecraft has provided the first opportunity to architect a power subsystem that also included a Solar Array (during the cruise phase of the mission and up to the initial stage of the EDL phase) and secondary Li-ion batteries for operation during the planned one Martian year surface phase of the mission. This paper describes the F1 MMRTG functional features as an enabler of the MSL mission and as a novel component of the MSL power subsystem architecture. 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, 2013. en_US
dc.subject Mars rover en_US
dc.subject Mars Science Laboratory en_US
dc.subject Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG) en_US
dc.subject power systems en_US
dc.subject Curiosity rover en_US
dc.title The F1 Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG) : a power subsystem enabler for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mission en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US
dc.subject.NASATaxonomy Nuclear Physics en_US


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