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Proposition of a European Mission Architecture for Crewed Missions to NEAs

Maiwald, Volker and Quantius, Dominik and Löscher, Martin and Dumont, Etienne (2012) Proposition of a European Mission Architecture for Crewed Missions to NEAs. 63rd International Astronautical Congress, 2012-10-01 - 2012-10-05, Neapel, Italien.

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A likely scenario for future human spaceflight is the realization of Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) rendezvous missions. Recent investigations at the Institute of Space Systems of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have included this kind of missions on a broad scale – from precursors to the crewed spacecraft that eventually travels towards NEA targets, which has preliminarily been dubbed European eXtensive Personnel Laboratory fOr REmote Research (EXPLORER). In DLR’s 27th Concurrent Engineering study and beyond a possible mission architecture for EXPLORER’s utilization has been investigated. In this paper we describe the components that are required for such missions, namely i) the spacecraft EXPLORER, ii) its transfer stages, iii) and the launch vehicle (preliminarily labelled SIRIUS), based among others on the study’s results. Mission scenarios, including target options, mission analysis, launcher options and launch strategy considering a one-month Earth departure window are further described to establish the possible “how to” for such a mission. We explain various trades, e.g. the utilization of a single launcher type or several and using a multi-transfer option to send resources ahead of the crew or sending a single vehicle. Throughout the study the European perspective has been kept up and technology has been selected according to that. We elaborate on how the mission can be accomplished, how a mission series could be strategically planned and explain development needs to achieve this. The timeframe for our investigation has been the period from 2020 to 2040.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/78134/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Proposition of a European Mission Architecture for Crewed Missions to NEAs
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Maiwald, VolkerUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4591-0089UNSPECIFIED
Quantius, DominikUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0009-0003-7057-9214UNSPECIFIED
Dumont, EtienneUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4618-0572UNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:NEA, rendzevous, human mission
Event Title:63rd International Astronautical Congress
Event Location:Neapel, Italien
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:1 October 2012
Event End Date:5 October 2012
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - no assignment
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems
Deposited By: Maiwald, Volker
Deposited On:17 Jan 2013 10:45
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 19:44

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