Accession Number : ADA258082


Title :   Project Ares: A Systems Engineering and Operations Architecture for the Exploration of Mars


Descriptive Note : Technical rept.


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH


Personal Author(s) : Amrine, John M ; Berger, Jeff M ; Blaufuss, David J ; Boltz, Richard W ; Dunn, Michael T ; Gruner, Jeffrey S ; Huff, Benjamin C ; Kather, George R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a258082.pdf


Report Date : 20 Mar 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 220


Abstract : The authors, a group of 18 veteran space operations officers, explored the concept of placing a permanently manned station on Mars - Project Ares. Using a five phase plan involving an early moon base and three scientific missions to Mars followed by cargo missions and eventually manned trips to the planet, the authors analyzed, designed, and documented their approach. The report focuses on the second phase of the project - scientific expansion of our knowledge of Mars and proof of a reliable transportation system. Among the subjects discussed in the report are management, mission profile and environment, and mission systems. The latter subject contains a variety of systems proposed by various authorities in the space industry and selected to fulfill the unique requirements of the project. Because this phase is an integral part of the project, emphasis was on reusability and versatility.


Descriptors :   *SPACE EXPLORATION , *MARS(PLANET) , SYSTEMS ENGINEERING , FEASIBILITY STUDIES , SPACE TRANSPORTATION


Subject Categories : Astronautics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE