Surface Payload Unloading and Deployment Options for a Lunar Return Mission

by John Connolly, NASA,
Larry Toups, NASA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


While planetary exploration studies have focuses on many areas that are critical to mission success, such as landing space transportation vehicles on other planets, a preferred method for delivering the landers' large payloads the last few meters to the planet surface has not been adequately assessed. This is a critical function that must by performed due to the elevated payload delivery configuration of most planetary landers, whether the mission is short-term and exploration-oriented or long-term and dedicated to development of planetary resources.

Subject Headings: Payloads | Moon | Space colonies | Space exploration | Computer analysis | Aircraft and spacecraft | Planets | Computer aided design

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