Balloon-Based Mars Observation Mission - Abstract
Balloon-Based Mars Observation Mission
John Thomas Calfee
Texas Christian University
9 December 1998
The primary goal of this project is to take panoramic photographs of the Martian landscape. To accomplish this goal, a simple balloon and gondola design was adopted. The balloon itself will be lighter than air and will carry a light instrumentation payload. Constraints placed in the design of this craft include the following:
Important considerations in the design of the Mars Balloon Project include:
- It will be a stand-alone mission.
- It will have no guidance system‹windblown design.
- It will maintain a mean altitude of 7 km.
- It will have an expected lifetime of one month.
- It will be a "low-cost" mission.
- The mission itself will consist of several balloon crafts that will be dispersed throughout the atmosphere before entry.
At this stage in the project, many things have not been finalized. This report summarizes the preliminary analysis of the proposed solution for the Balloon-Based Mars Observation Mission.
- Instrumentation and communications packages.
- The balloon material, its lighter-than-air gas, and buoyancy.
- Camera type.
- Power subsystems.
- Atmospheric conditions.
- Launch platform.
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