Design of a mars research base with crew

Anne Marlene Rüede, Anton Ivanov, Claudio Leonardi

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    Several strategies for a manned Mars mission have already been proposed. However, rare are those that recommended landing near the Polar region, where abundant water ice is a promising resource for both science and life support. This study examines possible strategies for a manned mission bound for the Martian North Pole. The objective is the establishment of a mass minimizing strategy with the highest technology readiness level achievable for a Mars Polar research base. The design of a base and mission scenario are proposed to verify the feasibility of the mission. The requirements are identified as human and science critical and the identified constraints cover life support, radiation protection, propellant production, power production, thermal control, air pressure difference compensation and mission architecture. The results propose a mission with a budget of 110 metric tons. In conclusion, this research identifies the need to increase the habitat autonomy from Earth, the launch capacity to Mars and the use of inflatable structures. Specific requirements are recommended for each technology to be developed. The development of the identified key technologies would significantly reduce the complexity of a crewed Mars mission and therefore, are proposed as a focus in the efforts for future Mars bound missions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2018 AIAA SPACE and Astronautics Forum and Exposition
    PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
    ISBN (Print)9781624105753
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    EventAIAA Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition, 2018 - Orlando, United States
    Duration: 17 Sep 201819 Sep 2018

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    Name2018 AIAA SPACE and Astronautics Forum and Exposition


    ConferenceAIAA Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition, 2018
    Country/TerritoryUnited States


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