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For years we've dreamed of sending people to Mars. With the emergence of disruptive new technologies from space companies and university researchers, it's now possible to design mission architectures that can send people to Mars and return them to Earth more safely and cheaply than ever before. This book outlines a practical and affordable plan for establishing a base on Mars for use by international crews over numerous missions, initiating a process of settlement and opening up a new world for human civilization, while simultaneously bringing together the nations of Earth in a noble and historic endeavor.
In this remarkable new book, NASA's Design Reference Architecture is improved in a variety of ways by incorporating the latest space technologies, such as SpaceX Falcon rockets and Dragon capsules, and Bigelow Aerospace inflatable space habitats. Focusing on a single location saves money through reuse of hardware, and mechanical counter-pressure spacesuits provide many advantages including comfort, mobility, and zero prebreathing. Crews can then land on Mars in capsules, which is safer and cheaper, and permits predeployment of the surface habitat. This also saves money as a single habitat can be used for multiple missions, and allows time for obtaining air and water for the habitat from the local environment, which reduces the mass to transport from Earth. Mars Transfer Vehicles are made reusable, all the propellant for Mars ascent is manufactured from local resources, and a long-range pressurized surface vehicle greatly increases the explorable area around the base. An observation and communication satellite in areostationary orbit provides a stable, continuous link with Earth.
Overall, these changes produce a much cheaper and safer mission architecture that delivers a superior result. Sharing the cost between the top 10 space agencies then makes it truly affordable. Any remaining hardware development can be achieved in less than 10 years of focused effort using current technology. Considerable thought and research have gone into this program, and if you study it in detail, you'll be convinced: here’s an authentic plan for initiating human exploration of Mars that will actually work. Read the book. Spread the word. Let's go to Mars.
This Kind eBook version has full-color images.