EMMI - Electric Solar Wind Sail Facilitated Manned Mars Initiative

Imported: 23 Aug '16 | Published: 20 Feb '15

Pekka Janhunen, Sini Merikallio, Mark Paton

arXiv - Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics

Abstract: The novel propellantless electric solar wind sail concept promises efficient low thrust transportation in the Solar System outside Earth's magnetosphere. Combined with asteroid mining to provide water and synthetic cryogenic rocket fuel in orbits of Earth and Mars, possibilities for affordable continuous manned presence on Mars open up. Orbital fuel and water enable reusable bidirectional Earth-Mars vehicles for continuous manned presence on Mars and allow smaller fuel fraction of spacecraft than what is achievable by traditional means. Water can... Read More

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