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Revolutionizing Access to the Mars Surface

Culbert, Christopher J. and Ehlmann, Bethany L. and Fraeman, Abigail A. and Albert, Sam and Banfield, Don and Bapst, Jonathan and Bearden, Dave and Bonnet, Kevin and Burdick, Joel and Calvin, Wendy and Cohen, Barbara and Crain, Tim and Edwards, Charles (Chad) and Falcone, Giusy and Frank, Elizabeth and Horchler, Andrew and Johnson, Mark and Kennedy, Brett and Kerber, Laura and Manning, Rob and Masten, David and Matthies, Larry and Munk, Michelle and Murrow, David and Niles, Paul and Panning, Mark and Putnam, Zachary (Zach) and Scheller, Eva and Sheppard, Rachel and Stein, Nathan and Wei, Skylar and Woolley, Ryan and Wooster, Paul (2022) Revolutionizing Access to the Mars Surface. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

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Under the auspices of the Keck Institute for Space Studies at Caltech, we convened a group of Mars scientists and engineers, representing multiple academic institutions, NASA Centers, and commercial companies in March 2021 to address the challenge of revolutionizing access to the Mars surface. Following a 3-month summer study period where working groups addressed specific programmatic, cultural, and engineering challenges, we then convened a second workshop in September 2021. The report that follows represents the product of the discussions. We first outline why Mars—and particularly landed access to Mars—is a priority over the next decades of scientific exploration (Section 1). We then review the challenges to achieving increased numbers of missions accessing the Mars surface (Section 2) as well as near-term trends in the space sector that provide means to overcome these challenges (Section 3). We then describe the intertwined elements of the Frequent, Affordable, Bold (FAB) strategy to achieve access (Section 4). Finally, we discuss the means by which a FAB strategy can be implemented, developing similar sets of science mission types and employing a services model that fosters increasing commercial capabilities over a set of the mission types (Section 5).

Item Type:Report or Paper (Technical Report)
Ehlmann, Bethany L.0000-0002-2745-3240
Fraeman, Abigail A.0000-0003-4017-5158
Albert, Sam0000-0002-7013-7649
Banfield, Don0000-0003-2664-0164
Bapst, Jonathan0000-0003-1176-7613
Burdick, Joel0000-0002-3091-540X
Calvin, Wendy0000-0002-6097-9586
Cohen, Barbara0000-0001-5896-5903
Edwards, Charles (Chad)0000-0001-5835-0044
Horchler, Andrew0000-0002-0449-1674
Kerber, Laura0000-0002-6092-9722
Niles, Paul0000-0001-7612-1421
Panning, Mark0000-0002-2041-3190
Putnam, Zachary (Zach)0000-0002-0077-8555
Scheller, Eva0000-0002-9981-5802
Sheppard, Rachel0000-0002-7561-9735
Stein, Nathan0000-0003-3385-9957
Woolley, Ryan0000-0003-1641-0621
Additional Information:© 2022, W. M. Keck Institute for Space Studies.
Group:Keck Institute for Space Studies
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20220222-212156808
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Official Citation:Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS), 2021, Revolutionizing Access to the Mars Surface. Culbert, C.J., Ehlmann, B.L., Fraeman, A.A., editors. Final Workshop Report for the W.M. Keck Institute for Space Studies, Pasadena, CA. doi:10.7907/d1sm-mj77
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ID Code:113539
Deposited By: Iryna Chatila
Deposited On:23 Feb 2022 18:12
Last Modified:31 Mar 2022 16:31

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