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Small Satellite Missions to Mars – S2M2

Fri, 05/06/2022 - 18:28
Start Date: 
2021
Programme: 
Preparation
End Date: 
2021
Programme Reference: 
20-P-M-HRE-02-b
Country: 
Italy
Contractor: 
Thales Alenia Space
Status: 
Closed
Description: 

The focus of this study was the system-level assessment of potential small mission architectures that could operate at Mars in the 2030s, after or potentially in parallel with MSR mission.

In particular two cases were evaluated:

  • Mission 1: Mars Communications Constellation (MCC), for supporting assets on the surface and providing science
  • Mission 2: Mars Science Orbiter (MSO), a science-driven mission, remote sensing
Application Domain: 
Exploration
Technology Domain: 
8 - System Design & Verification
Keywords: 
Mars
Small Satellites