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Abort modes and the challenges of entry, descent and landing

  • Erik Seedhouse
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Abstract

For those tasked with designing robust and safe mission architectures, a manned mission to Mars presents problems far exceeding the challenges that have been faced before. For example, one of the overriding factors making a Mars mission so fundamentally different from lunar missions is the lack of opportunity to abort the mission, since, once the trans-Mars injection maneuver (TMI) has been performed, the crew is committed to a four to six month journey. Another equally formidable challenge is assuring the safety of the crew during the nerve-wracking entry, descent and landing (EDL), a phase most planners agree is the most dangerous part of the entire mission.

Keywords

Computational Fluid Dynamic Heat Shield Martian Atmosphere Martian Surface Thermal Protection System 
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© Praxis Publishing Ltd. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Erik Seedhouse
    • 1
  1. 1.MiltonCanada

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