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Kuiper Belt Exploration and Exploitation

Bernabeu, Marc and Lousada, Joao and Terhes, Claudia and Van der Pas, Niels and Maiwald, Volker (2013) Kuiper Belt Exploration and Exploitation. DLR-Forschungsbericht. DLR-RY-SRS-ASG3-2, 124 S.

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Abstract

A mission for the exploration and exploitation of the Kuiper belts and its resources was pro-posed and started with a thorough analysis of the Kuiper belt objects, their location, distribution and constituent materials. A set of possible missions was then generated, based on the information obtained. These included a variety of concepts and a feasibility analysis was required to narrow the choices down to the concepts with the most potential. The final selection led to a mission concept that involved a factory capable of producing other spacecraft and all the parts that constitute it, thus being capable of self-replication. The spacecraft included in this mission include mining rovers, exploration rovers, KBO orbiters, resource transporters and GPS analogous satellites that would constitute a constellation capable of servicing any travelling spacecraft with a Solar System positioning system. Key concepts of this mission such as 3D printing, mining concepts and in-situ power generation were then further researched.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/87454/
Document Type:Monograph (DLR-Forschungsbericht)
Title:Kuiper Belt Exploration and Exploitation
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Bernabeu, MarcDLRUNSPECIFIED
Lousada, JoaoDLRUNSPECIFIED
Terhes, ClaudiaDLRUNSPECIFIED
Van der Pas, NielsDLRUNSPECIFIED
Maiwald, VolkerVolker.Maiwald (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:10 April 2013
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
In DOAJ:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Number of Pages:124
Status:Published
Keywords:self-replication, Kuiper Belt mining, insitu power generation, 3D printing, GPS analogous satellites for Solar System
Institution:DLR Institute of Space Systems
Department:System Analysis Space Segment - Advanced Study Group
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Systemanalyse Raumsegment
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Systemanalyse Raumsegmente
Deposited By: Quantius, Dominik
Deposited On:29 Jan 2014 11:37
Last Modified:29 Jan 2014 11:37

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