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Concept for an On-orbit Capture and Orientation Module for Potential Mars Sample Return

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dc.contributor.author Younse, Paulo
dc.contributor.author Chiu, Chi Yeung
dc.contributor.author Cameron, Jessica
dc.contributor.author Dolci, Marco
dc.contributor.author Elliot, Ethan
dc.contributor.author Ishigo, Alyssa
dc.contributor.author Kogan, Dima
dc.contributor.author Marteau, Eloise
dc.contributor.author Mayo, John
dc.contributor.author Munger, Jason
dc.contributor.author Ohta, Preston
dc.contributor.author Strahle, Jackson W
dc.contributor.author Willson, Reg
dc.contributor.author Olds, Eric
dc.contributor.author Malyan, Violet
dc.date.accessioned 2021-10-14T13:26:31Z
dc.date.available 2021-10-14T13:26:31Z
dc.date.issued 2020-03-07
dc.identifier.citation 2020 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, March 07-14, 2020
dc.identifier.clearanceno CL#20-0147
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/52262
dc.description.abstract An orbiting sample Capture and Orient Module (COM) architecture for a Capture, Contain, and Return System (CCRS) payload concept for an Earth Return Orbiter (ERO) was developed to enable on-orbit capture, orientation, and transfer of a Mars sample container into a containment vessel for potential Mars Sample Return (MSR). The module is composed of a capture mechanism for containing the Orbiting Sample (OS), a capture cone to capture and contain the OS, an orientation mechanism to orient the OS, an External Transfer Mechanism (ETM) to cage the OS during capture and assemble it into the containment vessel, a capture trigger to trigger capture mechanism and ETM closure during OS capture, and a sensing system to inspect the OS and confirm capture and orientation. Statistical modeling and simulations of the OS during capture were performed to analyze the time to contact and perturbations to the spacecraft at first contact. A half-scale functional prototype of the module was developed to demonstrate end-to-end operation.
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2020
dc.title Concept for an On-orbit Capture and Orientation Module for Potential Mars Sample Return
dc.type Preprint


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