Fabrication Assembly and Test of the Mars Science Laboratory Descent Stage Propulsion System

@inproceedings{Parker2013FabricationAA,
  title={Fabrication Assembly and Test of the Mars Science Laboratory Descent Stage Propulsion System},
  author={Morgan C. Parker and Ray Stannard Baker and Alex Casillas and D. Strommen and Rebekah L. Tanimoto},
  year={2013}
}
The Descent Stage Propulsion System (DSPS) is the most challenging and complex propulsion system ever built at JPL. Performance requirements, such as the entry Reaction Control System (RCS) requirements, and the terminal descent requirements (3300 N maximum thrust and ~835,000 N-s total impulse in less than a minute), required a large amount of propellant and a large number of components for a spacecraft that had to fit in a 4.5 meter aeroshell. The size and shape of the aeroshell, along with… CONTINUE READING

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