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Sandbraking. A technique for landing large payloads on Mars using the sands of Phobos

Author
Arias, F.J.; De Las Heras, S.A.
Type of activity
Journal article
Journal
Aerospace science and technology
Date of publication
2019-02
Volume
85
First page
409
Last page
415
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ast.2018.11.041 Open in new window
Repository
http://hdl.handle.net/2117/127428 Open in new window
URL
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1270963817300664?via%3Dihub Open in new window
Abstract
The basis of a novel braking technique by using the Phobos sands for landing large payloads on Mars is outlined. Here consideration is given to the utilization of the Phobos or Deimos regolith as material for aerobraking by discharging a load of sand at certain distance in front of the spacecraft during the descent manoeuver. Although immediately after getting rid the load of sand in front of the spacecraft they have a null relative velocity with the spacecraft, however, because the stronger atm...
Citation
Arias, F.J., De Las Heras, S.A. Sandbraking. A technique for landing large payloads on Mars using the sands of Phobos. "Aerospace science and technology", Febrer 2019, vol. 85, p. 409-415.
Keywords
Mars manned missions, Phobos scenario, Planetary spacecraft descent
Group of research
CS2AC-UPC - Supervision, Safety and Automatic Control
SIC - Smart Control Systems