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MarCO: interplanetary mission development on a CubeSat scale

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dc.contributor.author Schoolcraft, Josh
dc.contributor.author Klesh, Andrew
dc.contributor.author Werne, Thomas
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-15T20:12:05Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-15T20:12:05Z
dc.date.issued 2016-05-16
dc.identifier.citation SpaceOps 2016 Conference, Daejeon, Korea, May 16-20, 2016 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 16-1589
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/46089
dc.description.abstract Mars Cube One (MarCO) is a twin CubeSat mission developed by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to accompany the InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) Mars mission lander. MarCO's primary mission objective is to launch with InSight and independently fly to Mars to serve as a communications relay during InSight's entry, descent, and landing (EDL) phase. MarCO represents a new type of deep space mission: CubeSats at Mars. Building on the development of JPL's first interplanetary CubeSat project, the Interplanetary Nano-Spacecraft Pathfinder in Relevant Environment (INSPIRE), MarCO further refined the approach to hardware, software, and ground architecture development to solve the challenges of quickly building low-budget spacecraft to fly to Mars. The greatest constraint, beyond others typical of CubeSat missions, was time. The duration between MarCO's conception to completion of spacecraft assembly was less than two years - an unprecedented schedule for any planetary mission to date. Through necessity, MarCO has built on previous experience, procedures, systems, and development methodologies, defining a new niche for supporting larger primary missions. The MarCO spacecraft are poised to write a new chapter in deep space exploration. 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, 2016 en_US
dc.title MarCO: interplanetary mission development on a CubeSat scale en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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