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Manned sample return mission to Phobos: A technology demonstration for human exploration of Mars

Bosanac, Natasha and Diaz, Ana and Dang, Victor and Ebersohn, Frans and Gonzalez, Stefanie and Qi, Jay and Sweet, Nicholas and Tie, Norris and Valentino, Gianluca and Fraeman, Abigail and Gibbings, Alison and Maddox, Tyler and Nie, Chris and Rankin, Jamie and Rebelo, Tiago and Taylor, Graeme (2014) Manned sample return mission to Phobos: A technology demonstration for human exploration of Mars. In: 2014 IEEE Aerospace Conference. IEEE , Piscataway, NJ, pp. 1-20. ISBN 978-1-4799-5582-4.

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In order to reduce the knowledge gap associated with long-duration human exploration of Mars, a manned precursor mission destined for one of the Martian moons is currently considered a feasible option for testing and demonstrating critical technologies within the Martian system. The 2013 Caltech Space Challenge, a student mission design competition held at the California Institute of Technology, addressed the interest in human precursor missions. Two teams of 16 students, with varying backgrounds and nationalities, were allocated five days to design a mission to land at least one human on a Martian moon and return them, along with a sample, safely to Earth with a launch date no later than January 1, 2041. This paper provides an overview of Technology Advancing Phobos Exploration and Return (TAPER-1), the manned Phobos sample return mission devised by Team Explorer. As the first manned mission to the Martian system, TAPER-1 is designed as an opposition class mission to Phobos, carrying four astronauts, with a launch date in April 2033, and a nominal time of flight of 456 days. In addition, this paper demonstrates the feasibility and value of exposing students to the process of rapid mission design.

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Additional Information:© 2014 IEEE. The authors wish to express their gratitude to Nick Parziale, Jason Rabinovitch, and Dimity Nelson for organizing the 2013 Caltech Space Challenge. The authors also thank the following corporate and institute sponsors: Analytical Graphics Inc, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Orbital Sciences Corporation, Space Exploration Technologies Corp, Keck Institute for Space Studies, Division of Engineering and Applied Science at Caltech, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology and Moore-Hufstedler Fund for Student Life at Caltech. In addition, the authors recognize the contributions of the individual sponsors. Special thanks are also directed towards team mentors Nigel Angold, Aline Zimmer, Joe Parrish, Julie Castillo-Rogez, and Nathan Strange for their invaluable insight throughout the week; and guest speakers, Paul Abell, Buzz Aldrin, Kelley Case, Josh Hopkins, Andrew Klesh, Damon Landau, Dan Mazanek, Ron Turner and Richard Zurek for sharing their wealth of expertise and answering questions at all hours. Team Explorer also values feedback from Dan Adamo and Michelle Rucker. Finally, the authors wish to share their appreciation for use of the ELISSA software and Satellite ToolKit under an educational license.
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Official Citation:Bosanac, N.; Diaz, A.; Dang, V.; Ebersohn, F.; Gonzalez, S.; Qi, J.; Sweet, N.; Tie, N.; Valentino, G.; Fraeman, A.; Gibbings, A.; Maddox, T.; Nie, C.; Rankin, J.; Rebelo, T.; Taylor, G., "Manned sample return mission to phobos: A technology demonstration for human exploration of Mars," Aerospace Conference, 2014 IEEE , vol., no., pp.1,20, 1-8 March 2014 doi: 10.1109/AERO.2014.6836251 URL:
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