Japan's mars rover mission for edl demonstration and life search

Kazuhisa Fujita, Genya Ishigami, Takehiko Satoh, Akihiko Yamagishi, Hirdy Miyamoto

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Abstract

A Martian rover mission is currently entertained in Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for launch in 2020s. The primary scopes of this mission are to demonstrate the entry-descent-landing and surface exploration technologies on Mars, to search for signs of live organisms, and to determine when the ocean is lost in the past Martian history. In order to cut down the mission cost and the development risk, the spacecraft is designed as a compact medium-class spacecraft whose total wet mass at Earth departure is approximately 900 kg. The spacecraft system consists of the cruise module and the atmospheric entry module which is subdivided into a forebody and an aftbody aeroshell, a landing module, and a rover, in a typical reference mission design under consideration. The current status of research and development is briefly presented as well.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication66th International Astronautical Congress 2015, IAC 2015: Space - The Gateway for Mankind's Future
PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation, IAF
Pages1061-1068
Number of pages8
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)9781510818934
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event66th International Astronautical Congress 2015: Space - The Gateway for Mankind's Future, IAC 2015 - Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 2015 Oct 122015 Oct 16

Other

Other66th International Astronautical Congress 2015: Space - The Gateway for Mankind's Future, IAC 2015
CountryIsrael
CityJerusalem
Period15/10/1215/10/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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