Yearly Archives: 2013

In Situ Air Production (ISAP) for Mars

The primary constituents of the Martian atmosphere are carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen (N2) and argon (Ar), whereas Earth’s are mainly N2, oxygen (O2) and Ar. Therefore, all the elements required to make breathable, Earth-like air are available in Martian air.

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Atmosphere design for the surface of Mars

The Hab The advantages of a normal Earthian atmosphere apply equally well to the Hab as they do to the ISS and other spacecraft. However, there are several compelling reasons for a reduced atmospheric pressure for the Hab: Lower Hab

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In Situ Food Production (ISFP)

Growing food on Mars is an exercise in efficiency. The facilities will not (at least initially) be available to grow every kind of fruit, vegetable, grain, nut and herb that we are used to. We may only be able to

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Me presenting Blue Dragon at the Australian Space Science Conference, 1 October 2013

“Blue Dragon” is a humans-to-Mars mission architecture based on the NASA Design Reference Architecture, with various improvements to improve safety and reduce cost. It leverages COTS hardware likely to be available within the next decade, is designed as the seed

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Green Dragon

Introduction Green Dragon is a mission concept to send integrated ISRU packages to function as resource factories to support human Mars missions. It builds on the accomplishments of NASA’s Ice Dragon mission, while functioning as an important precursor to the

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The Mars Ascent Vehicle

The MAV will be an SSTO (Single Stage To Orbit) VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) vehicle with powerful LCH4/LOX engines, capable of pinpoint landing on Mars, refuelling from local Martian resources, and carrying up six astronauts to Mars orbit for

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Red Dragon

“Red Dragon” is a potential variant of the SpaceX Dragon capsule that will be able to land on Mars, currently being investigated by NASA and SpaceX. The first series of Dragon capsules, including the one that historically became the first

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