Technology Needs Development and Orbital Support Requirements for Manned Lunar and Mars Missions

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by Charles P. Llewellyn, Analytical Mechanics Associates Inc,
Karen D. Brender, Analytical Mechanics Associates Inc,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space II

Abstract: This paper will present an overview of the critical technology needs and the Space Station Freedom (SSF) focused support requirements for the Office of Exploration's (OEXP) manned lunar and Mars missions. Major emphasis will be directed at the technology needs associated with the low Earth orbit (LEO) transportation node assembly and vehicle processing functions required by the lunar and Mars mission flight elements. The key technology areas identified as crucial to support the LEO node function to be discussed in this paper include in-space assembly & construction, in-space vehicle processing & refurbishment, space storable cryogenics and autonomous rendezvous & docking.

Subject Headings: Space stations | Orbits | Vehicles | Moon | Flight | Space colonies |

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