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Low-Cost Science Mission Concepts for Mars Exploration : March 29–31, 2022, Pasadena, California

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dc.contributor Curry, Shannon M.
dc.contributor Banfield, Don J.
dc.coverage.spatial Mars (Planet) 2022-06-21T20:42:45Z 2022-06-21T20:42:45Z 2022
dc.identifier.citation Low-Cost Science Mission Concepts for Mars Exploration. LPI Contribution No. 2655, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston. en
dc.description.abstract Emerging small spacecraft capabilities and innovative new mission concepts offer opportunities for compelling science discoveries at Mars at unprecedented low costs. Here, "low-cost" equates to mission costs that fall well below the current Discovery Program cost cap. The recent Mars Architecture Strategy Working Group suggested that small spacecraft missions in the $100–$300M cost range (including delivery) may offer a sweet spot in terms of achievable science per unit cost. Specific topics of interest for this workshop include: Assessment of strategic Mars science questions well-suited to investigation via low-cost, small spacecraft missions; Candidate low-cost mission concepts, relating science objectives to investigations, instruments, and spacecraft architecture; Small spacecraft capabilities for both orbital and landed Mars missions; Innovative mission design approaches, including piggyback, rideshare, and new small launch vehicle capabilities for low-cost delivery of payloads to Mars; New miniatured instruments, avionics, and subsystems enabling highly capable small spacecraft; Opportunities for international and commercial partnerships; Emerging commercial NewSpace capabilities that can be leveraged for low-cost Mars exploration. en
dc.description.statementofresponsibility Science Organizing Committee: Shannon Curry (Co-Chair), University of California, Berkeley, Chad Edwards (Co-Chair), Jet Propulsion Laboratory
dc.format.extent 148 pages
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Lunar and Planetary Institute en
dc.relation.ispartofseries LPI contribution ; no. 2655
dc.subject Mars (Planet)--Exploration--Congresses en
dc.title Low-Cost Science Mission Concepts for Mars Exploration : March 29–31, 2022, Pasadena, California en
dc.title.alternative Low-Cost Science Mission Concepts (2022) en
dc.type Book en

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