Potential Application of Space Station Technology in Lunar Bases and Manned Mars Missionsby J. M. Garvey, McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co, United States,
M. M. Mankamyer, McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co, United States,
Abstract: To meet the goals of its Space Station program, NASA is developing a large set of improved space systems capabilities. In areas such as power generation and distribution, on-board data management, and life support, Station technology will represent a major advance over current systems. Given the substantial investment required to create these capabilities, it is worthwhile to consider other potential uses for them. This paper constitutes an early attempt to assess such follow-on applications, particularly in manned space exploration initiatives such as a lunar base and/or manned Mars expedition.
Subject Headings: Space stations | Space colonies | Space life support systems | Power plants | Federal government | Power transmission | Data analysis
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