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

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


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: Orbits | Space colonies | Space exploration | Space stations | Space construction | Vehicles | Dissolved gases | Flight

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