Human Mars ascent vehicle configuration and performance sensitivities

@article{Polsgrove2017HumanMA,
  title={Human Mars ascent vehicle configuration and performance sensitivities},
  author={Tara P. Polsgrove and Herbert D. Thomas and W. Peter Stephens and Tim Collins and Michelle A. Rucker and Mike Gernhardt and Mathew R. Zwack and Patrick Dees},
  journal={2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference},
  year={2017},
  pages={1-15}
}
The total ascent vehicle mass drives performance requirements for the Mars descent systems and the Earth to Mars transportation elements. Minimizing Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV) mass is a priority and minimizing the crew cabin size and mass is one way to do that. Human missions to Mars may utilize several small cabins where crew members could live for days up to a couple of weeks. A common crew cabin design that can perform in each of these applications is desired and could reduce the overall… CONTINUE READING

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