Potential Application of Space Station Technology in Lunar Bases and Manned Mars Missions

by J. M. Garvey, McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co, United States,
M. M. Mankamyer, McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space


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 life support systems | Space stations | Space exploration | Space colonies | Power plants | Flight | Federal government

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