USE OF EXTRATERRESTRIAL RESOURCES FOR HUMAN SPACE MISSIONS TO MOON OR MARS

Donald Rapp

USE OF EXTRATERRESTRIAL RESOURCES FOR HUMAN SPACE MISSIONS TO MOON OR MARS In situ resource utilization (ISRU) is a means of converting extraterrestrial indigenous resources into various products that are needed for a space mission. According to NASA, by utilizing such resources, the amount of material that must be brought from Earth could be reduced, thus potentially reducing the cost of a space mission - indeed, several NASA documents have referred to ISRU as "living off the land".

Use of Extraterrestrial Resources for Human Space Missions to Moon or Mars is the only book that examines the reality rather than the dream of ISRU. Using all the available data as well as the author's own extensive knowledge, it carries out approximate estimates of the costs of implementing ISRU on the Moon and Mars. In addition, the book provides a detailed review of various ISRU technologies and how these might have potential benefit for space missions. Controversially, it comes to the conclusion that Mars ISRU might have merit but that there is no gain for implementing a lunar ISRU.


Table of Contents

Preface
About the author
List of figures
List of tables
List of abbreviations and acronyms

1. The value of ISRU
2. Mars ISRU technology
3. Lunar ISRU technology
4. Summary and conclusions

Appendices
    A Gear ratios and transfer masses
    B Implications of nuclear thermal propulsion for Earth departure
    C Use of aero-assist for Mars orbit insertion
    D Life support consumables on Mars
    E Refueling spacecraft in LEO using propellants derived from the Moon
    F Transporting hydrogen to the Moon or Mars and storing it there
References and bibliography
Index



Extent: 224 pages, Black and white images integrated with text
Binding: Hardback
Published: 2013
ISBN: 978-3-642-32761-2



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