577. Some Weight Aspects of a Possible Mars Lander Design


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M F Taylor: 577. Some Weight Aspects of a Possible Mars Lander Design. 1966.



This paper presents a brief review of a mass properties investigation conducted at Martin-Baltimore as part of an interplanetary space study. The portion of the study discussed in this paper dealt with an unmanned Mars survivable payload for initial atmospheric and surface data gathering.
The paper deals briefly with booster capability constraints, the planet approach mode, lander entry angles and velocities, and terminal descent and impact conditions. Of primary concern are the entry body shape, types of construction, materials and heat shield. The impact attenuator system (the other large portion of lander weight) is mentioned briefly but not dealt with in detail, and is left for possible future discussion.


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