PHARO—Propellant harvesting of atmospheric resources in orbit

@article{Jones2010PHAROPropellantHO,
  title={PHARO—Propellant harvesting of atmospheric resources in orbit},
  author={Christopher Jones and David Masse and Christopher Glass and Alan W. Wilhite and Mitchell L. R. Walker},
  journal={2010 IEEE Aerospace Conference},
  year={2010},
  pages={1-9}
}
Collection and storage of propellant on-orbit has the potential to dramatically reduce launch mass for future exploration missions.12 A proposed method for this collection utilizes an orbiting vehicle that collects ambient air at a high altitude and uses a fraction of the air for orbital maintenance while storing the remainder for exploration propellant. The derivation of the relations governing propulsion requirements of thrust and specific impulse is presented. Initial requirements for the… 

Figures and Tables from this paper

A review of research in low earth orbit propellant collection

Mars Molniya Orbit Atmospheric Resource Mining

This NIAC (NASA Advanced Innovative Concepts) work will focus on Mars and will build on previous efforts at analyzing atmospheric mining at Earth and the outer solar system. Spacecraft systems

Liquid Rocket Propellants Past And Present Influences And

Internal Combustion Processes of Liquid Rocket EnginesRocket PropulsionInvestigation of Liquid Rocket PropellantsBaseline Computational Fluid Dynamics Methodology for Longitudinal-Mode

Study of RF Plasma Technology Applied to Air-Breathing Electric Propulsion.

Study of RF Plasma Technology Applied to Air-Breathing Electric Propulsion

Very low earth orbit propellant collection feasibility assessment

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 15 REFERENCES

A NOVEL SYSTEM FOR SPACE FLIGHT USING A PROPULSIVE FLUID ACCUMULATOR

A propulsion system for spaceflight is described which, by collecting and storing gases in the upper atmosphere of a planet and by using these gases as a propulsive fluid (in conjunction with a power

Aero-assisted orbital transfer vehicles utilizing atmosphere ingestion

The atmosphere present in low Earth orbits can be used to provide working fluid to an electric propulsion system. As the craft plows through low Earth orbit (~175 – 225 km), incident gases are

Reusable Lunar Transportation Architecture Utilizing Orbital Propellant Depots

To support a permanent human settlement on the Lunar surface, improvements to the current Lunar outpost architecture are investigated. A detailed analysis of architectures utilizing an orbital

Air Force Research Laboratory high power electric propulsion technology development

Space solar power generation systems have a significant impact on Electric Propulsion (EP) technology development.1,2,3 Recent advances in solar cell, deployment, and concentrator hardware have led

Thermodynamic Cycle Analysis of Magnetohydrodynamic-Bypass Hypersonic Airbreathing Engines

The prospects for realizing a magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) bypass hypersonic airbreathing engine are examined from the standpoint of fundamental thermodynamic feasibility. The MHD-bypass engine, first

Aerothermodynamic Characteristics in the Hypersonic Continuum-Rarefied Transitional Regime

Stagnation pressure and heating for cylinders and spheres representative of wing leading edges and nose sections for small-scale space transportation vehicles are presented for various Knudsen

Magnetohydrodynamic Augmented Propulsion Experiment: I. Performance Analysis and Design

The performance of conventional thermal propulsion systems is fundamentally constrained by the specific energy limitations associated with chemical fuels and the thermal limits of available

Space Propulsion Analysis and Design

List of Authors and Editors Preface Chapter 1 Introduction to Space Propulsion 1.1 Rocket Fundamentals 1.2 The Design Process Chapter 2 Mission Analysis 2.1 Keplerian Orbits 2.2 Orbit Perturbations

Human exploration of Mars, Design Reference Architecture 5.0

This paper provides a summary of the 2007 Mars Design Reference Architecture 5.0 (DRA 5.0) [1], which is the latest in a series of NASA Mars reference missions. It provides a vision of one potential

Human spaceflight : mission analysis and design

This book includes over 800 rules of thumb and sanity checks that will enable you to identify key issues and errors early in the design process.