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How to save delta-V and time for a round trip to EML2 Lagrangian point?

Lizy-Destrez, Stéphanie and Ferraioli, Giuseppe and Audas, Chloé and Piat, Jason How to save delta-V and time for a round trip to EML2 Lagrangian point? (2012) In: IAC 2012, 1 October 2012 - 5 October 2012 (Naples, Italy).

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Space exploration follows a logical set of steps, starting with basic knowledge and culminating, hopefully, in a sustained human presence in space. The next step, according to the Global Exploration Roadmap, released in September 2011 by the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG), which reflects the international effort to define feasible and sustainable exploration pathways to the Moon, near-Earth asteroids and Mars, is the Moon as second home in the Solar System. On the basis of risk, cost and technology readiness criteria, the present paper aims to provide quantitative results to set up a Deep Space- Habitat, as an exploration gateway, at the Earth Moon Lagrange point n°2 (EML2), on the way to the Moon, Mars and asteroids colonization. Highly reliable and safe systems are crucial as interplanetary resupply missions from Earth cannot reach the crew at short notice and a quick return to Earth is not possible. This problem is the strong link with the last year’s article “Mission analysis for a space medical center of an exploration gateway at a lunar libration point”, published at IAC in Cape Town, in 2011. Here a further analysis will be carried out on how to develop the preliminary bibliographical studies and to go deeper into the modeling of scenarios. In a first analysis, a local optimization of the deployment of the Deep-Space Habitat for an international space heaven located at EML2 is performed. After investigating different propulsion technologies, a general analysis in order to minimize the cost to join the permanent outpost in the Earth-Moon system is run. The future needs an exploration gateway at a lunar libration point which will be developed for a 2035 timeframe, as indicated by the Global Exploration Strategy, might slightly change. As a direct consequence, the number of modules composing the Deep-Space Habitat is not specified to make the analysis more generic and flexible. Secondly, special emphasis is placed on locally optimizing the operational phase, with the mission analysis of the resupply cargo. The time to come back to Earth is the dimensioning parameter in order to guarantee safety in emergency cases for the crew. Finally, a global optimization for the entire Deep-Space Habitat mission, encompassing deployment and operational phase can be started.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Audience (conference):International conference proceedings
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
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Département de Mathématiques, Informatique, Automatique - DMIA (Toulouse, France) - Automatique, Dynamique et Interface des Systèmes - ADIS
Deposited On:15 Oct 2012 10:24

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