Science Platforms for Martian Exploration (or, Basic UFO Design Considerations)
David Hall, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
The presence of an atmosphere on Mars provides planetary scientists with the opportunity to extend their coverage for robotic exploration. In this brief talk, Mr. Hall will discuss basic design considerations for the design and development of atmospheric science platforms for Martian missions including similarities and differences with terrestrial applications. He will highlight aerodynamic and propulsion requirements and will give an overview of the Mars Flyer development programs heÕs been involved with at NASA/Ames Research Center since the summer of 1996.