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Astronauts and Robots 2015: Matt Wallace, JPL

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American Astronautical Society, Astronauts and Robots: Partners in Space Exploration, May 12-13, 2015 - http://astronautical.org/event/astronauts-robots

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Astronauts and Robots 2015: Matt Wallace, JPL

  1. 1. 1 Doug McCuistion Director, Mars Exploration Program Siemens PLM Conference September 5, 2012 Mars 2020 Mission National Aeronautics and Space Administration Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology September 27, 2012 © 2012 California Institute of Technology. Government sponsorship acknowledged.
  2. 2. Mars 2020 Project Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology Pre-Decisional: For Planning and Discussion Purposes Only LAUNCH • Launch vehicle to be similar class/capability as for MSL • Period: Jul/Aug 2020 CRUISE/APPROACH • 7.5 month cruise • Arrive Feb 2021 ENTRY, DESCENT & LANDING • MSL EDL system: guided entry and powered descent/Sky Crane • 25x20km landing ellipse • Access to landing sites ±30° latitude, ≤0.5 km elevation • ~950 kg rover SURFACE MISSION • Prime mission of one Mars year • 20 km traverse distance capability • Seeking signs of past life • Returnable cache of samples • Prepare for human exploration of Mars Mission Overview http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mars2020/ Mars 2020 APMC-2
  3. 3. Mars 2020 Project Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology Pre-Decisional: For Planning and Discussion Purposes Only MSL Heritage Flight System Applied to Mars 2020 3 Cruise Stage Vehicle: Build to print Backshell/Parachute: Build to print Descent Stage Vehicle: Build to print Rover: High heritage; Potential changes expected to affect few subsystems Heatshield: Build to print
  4. 4. Mars 2020 Project Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology Pre-Decisional: For Planning and Discussion Purposes Only Descent Stage 4 X-band Radio • Under contract Inertial Measurement Unit • Contract in negotiation Radar • Flight Antennas • Under contract • Transmit/Receive Modules • Completing MSL build; testing Primary Structure • MSL DTM Descent Power Analog Modules • Parts Procured, build begun Descent Power Assembly • Residual flight HW Descent Stage Brake • Contract in negotiation SDST SPA Diplexer
  5. 5. Geologist: Spirit/Opportunity (2004) Experimentalist: Pathfinder / Sojourner (1997) Geochemist: Curiosity (2012) 10.5 kg 174 kg 900 kg 5
  6. 6. Looking North to Crater Rim “If anybody has been harboring doubts about the status of U.S. leadership in space, well, there’s a one-ton, automobile-size piece of American ingenuity, and it’s sitting on the surface of Mars right now.” -- John P. Holdren, president’s science adviser

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