Masters Theses

Title

Orbit optimization for regenerative aerobraking at Mars

Abstract

"The goal of this study was the optimization of the mission design of a Mars mission with regenerative aerobraking as the design focus. The concept of regenerative aerobraking involves using the energy that is lost during aerobraking to benefit the mission. At high velocities, the atmosphere of Mars ionizes around the spacecraft. During this time period electrons can be gathered and significant amounts of power generated. Also, oxygen can be extracted from CO₂ once the oxygen is stripped from the hot CO₂. This oxygen can be collected and used on the surface of Mars by astronauts"--Abstract, leaf iii.

Advisor(s)

Pernicka, Hank

Committee Member(s)

Riggins, David W.
McAdams, Daniel A.

Department(s)

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Aerospace Engineering

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Spring 2006

Pagination

x, 41 leaves

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 58-59).

Geographic Coverage

Mars (Planet)

Rights

© 2006 Doublas Robert Tolbert, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Citation

File Type

text

Language

English

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Space flight to Mars
Space vehicles -- Atmospheric braking
Space vehicles -- Design and construction

Thesis Number

T 8963

Print OCLC #

85479614

Link to Catalog Record

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http://laurel.lso.missouri.edu/record=b5790541~S5

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