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

Show simple item record Younse, Paulo Chiu, Chi Yeung Cameron, Jessica Dolci, Marco Elliot, Ethan Ishigo, Alyssa Kogan, Dima Marteau, Eloise Mayo, John Munger, Jason Ohta, Preston Strahle, Jackson W Willson, Reg Olds, Eric Malyan, Violet 2021-10-14T13:26:31Z 2021-10-14T13:26:31Z 2020-03-07
dc.identifier.citation 2020 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, March 07-14, 2020
dc.identifier.clearanceno CL#20-0147
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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